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120 Hours with Subaru's BRZ

2019's "Week to Wicked" program is on the way!

Rodrez
Dec 1, 2019
Photographer: Christian Arriero

A little over a year ago, a portion of the Super Street staff, along with the MotorTrend Tech Center crew embarked on a week-long build-up of Honda's iconic S2000 roadster. Dubbed "120 Hours" since it ran the course of five full days (okay, we didn't work 24 hours a day, but you get the point, mathlete), the modifications were documented in video and written form for you, the fans, to follow along with and enjoy, despise, judge, and maybe you even learned a thing or two.

120 Hours Subaru BRZ passenger side front view Photo 9/9   |   120 Hours with Subaru's BRZ

This year we're back with another front-engine, rear-wheel drive subject in this 2013 Subaru BRZ Limited model. The FRS/BRZ/86 chassis has seen considerable aftermarket support ever since its introduction. Affordable when they were introduced, current used market value is somewhere in the $14-18k realm, depending on condition and mileage, making it a very suitable car to modify and personalize—the ideal ingredients for a project like Week to Wicked.

120 Hours Subaru BRZ engine bay Photo 9/9   |   120 Hours with Subaru's BRZ

Not known for being a powerhouse, similar to the S2000, the BRZ is rated at about 200hp, 150lbs-ft of torque, and in our case, equipped with a 6-speed manual. Its unique Boxer engine is one that carries quite a bit of controversy with it as some are loyal fans while others try to stay far away. One thing is for certain, the number of turbo and supercharged applications and kits that have popped up over the years mean this engine has been boosted time and time again, and if you ask the internet, well, they'll tell you that Subaru really should have done that from the start. At around 2,800lbs, the car is nimble, fun to drive, and in terms of dimensions, carries a sculpted profile, and we don't often run across modified versions that haven't been fitted with some sort of flare or over fender.

120 Hours Subaru BRZ rear wing Photo 9/9   |   120 Hours with Subaru's BRZ

You're thinking LS swap, twin turbo setup making somewhere around 1,200hp and massive fender flares with 18x12-inch wheels out back, but in reality five days, while still maintaining our normal workload, isn't very much time, especially when you factor in the time the video team needs to do their part. The focus on this little build-up will be basic options that the average guy or girl jumping into our world would most likely opt for first in the looks and handling department, followed by some performance parts that require a bit more knowledge and experience along with a commitment. If it feels like I'm being very vague here, you're right—I can't unveil the parts that we'll be using just yet.

120 Hours Subaru BRZ driver side rear view Photo 9/9   |   120 Hours with Subaru's BRZ

The program begins Monday, December 2nd, and we'll be updating our social media accounts throughout each day as well as posting a video recap of the day's work every night throughout the week for you to follow along with.

120 Hours Subaru BRZ front bumper Photo 9/9   |   120 Hours with Subaru's BRZ
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