Q. I just bought my Subaru , What can I do to get a little more power?
A. Depending on which model you have purchased the answer is going to be quite different. If you purchased a turbo model Subaru the possibilities are almost limitless more than I could ever write about most likely . If instead your new Subaru is an N/A ( Naturally Aspirated) model, your choices are quite the opposite, very limited and may not actually make any more power at all.
This actually comes up a lot more so on the NA models than the Turbo models, as when a new Subaru owner looks for power increases on the WRX, STI, 2005 and newer GT or XT model Subaru there is an abundance of options, but when looking for power increases for a non Turbo Subaru you seem to be limited to air intake kits, and maybe a header pipe depending on what year Subaru you own. Regardless of what any “Horse Power Chip” states on their website, its snake oil for a non turbo model Subaru.
Here are some possibilities for you in a N/A Subaru and possible price ranges if you elect to pay someone..
- Air intake kit $150 to $250.00
- Header Pipe $500.00 (up to 2005)
- Delta Camshaft grind $2500.00 to $3500.00
- Installation of a Turbo engine, turbo wiring harness, ECU, transmission , differential, bigger brakes, suspension modifications etc. $10,000.00 to $20,000.00
The BRZ does seem to have a few items on the mod list that help a little, but ultimately they still leave one wanting.
There really is no nice way to say it, if you bought a NA Subaru and want more power, sell it and buy a Turbo version instead. If you want to change the way it drives with suspension and brakes and want the overall better reliability of a non turbo car, than keep it, but know the power you have now is about all she’s going to give ya captain.
If you have made a power modification to an non Turbo Subaru that you feel was well worth the expense please share it below.