Ferraris Beware: Someone Stuffed A 580 PS V8 Into This Subaru BRZ

There have been numerous talks about a more powerful version of the Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86, and the two automakers’ execs explained, more than a few times, why they won’t, or rather can’t, make one.

This means that owners of the compact Japanese sports car have to rely on their own sources to squeeze more power from the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

Cosworth, for one, has developed a supercharger kit, complete with an intercooler, new intake manifold and new ECU, that raises output to a healthy 280 HP. Or you can just ditch the puny Japanese flat four altogether and replace it with a more powerful unit.

Depending on the budget, the sky is pretty much the limit when it comes to heart transplants, and we’ve already seen the naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 of a Ferrari 458 in Ryan Tuerck’s Toyota 86. And while the project that we’re about to present isn’t that exotic, it’s still very impressive, given that the Subaru BRZ in question is powered by a GM-sourced LS3 V8.

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Captured on camera while cruising the streets of Monaco, the sports car is said to have a whopping 580PS (572hp / 426kW) and over 900Nm (664lb-ft) of torque available on tap.

Telling bystanders that this isn’t your usual BRZ is a flashy body kit with bolt-on fenders, vented hood and large ducktail spoiler, while the car is finished in matte grey and sits on 19-inch wheels.

The conversion was done by Brill Steel Motorsport, an Italian body shop based in Villorba, and the car is registered in the Czech Republic.


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  • kachuks

    Serious case of overkill, but I’d like to see what it can do in the hands of a competent driver.

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    Brill Steel? I remember them doing a S14 with a V8 awhile back. I haven’t seen that thing since or its mighty wing.

  • eb110americana

    That doesn’t sound like any LS3 I’ve ever heard. They must have routed it through some resonators or something very unorthodox. The power numbers skewed so heavily towards torque also don’t add up as LS3. That is a fairly high-strung pushrod motor that tends to make more HP than torque unless you go with a blower. Turbos would explain a change in exhaust note, but I don’t really hear that either. I’m thinking this thing just has the stock motor with some breathing mods. Maybe they made the engine-swap claim for attention or because they plan to do it in the future.

    • disqus_CRkG23jjbo

      sounds just like a vette to me but not as raspy.

  • Bo Hanan

    Everybody and their grandmother is putting a V8 in this damn thing and we can’t even get Subaru/Toyota to add a turbo to the weakass 2.0L. And this guy was able to get the bonnet closed too.

    • Six_Tymes

      Very good point, kind of makes Sub and Toy look like liars

  • Wow, LS engine something… sooooo impressed. /S


    Overheating issues?
    Probably more than the car can handle…even after the suspension / wheel adjustments.
    But hey, if you have the money to throw at it…

  • SteersUright

    I love the idea of an engine conversion for the BRZ but this cant possibly be the best route. The LS3 is much taller an engine, with a higher center of mass and is definitely adding more weight up front as well. None of these factors bodes well for ultimate performance. Now, if someone could stuff a 2.7L 300hp Porsche flat 6 up there, that could be interesting.

    • disqus_CRkG23jjbo

      i think the motor from the lotus evora would be a great choice.

      • javier javier

        Camry v6? If I’m not mistaken

        • Mill0048

          Supercharged and transversely mounted as well. Causes more issues with mounting and packaging. Probably not the easiest application for that power-train.

  • Harry_Wild

    That what buyers are looking for in the 86 and BRZ!

  • LeStori

    Definitely need all that power inorder to sit stationary in Monaco traffic!

    • Status

      You act like nobody has ever had 400+hp in Monoco traffic before.

      Besides, nobody with a car that powerful stays in Monoco for long. Nice is just down the road, and from there the French coastline is only more intoxicating.

  • Infinite1

    It’s decent but I like the BRZ/86 twins with a 2JZ swap in them.

  • javier javier

    Seriously… This is news?? Another LS swap and with what appears to me another rocket bunny body kit… also when are people going to stop moaning about the lack of power of this car?? It was designed for handling… Winding roads… A lightweight car.. no to go race in straight line.. for that get an American muscle car.. they already come with unrefined suspension.. perfect for drag

    • Mill0048

      I agree. If you want crazy power, there’s tons of other vehicles out there. An automaker finally makes a great handling, fun car for a specific kind of purpose and customer (in a market where there are few options for such a vehicle), and everyone whines incessantly.

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