Review: Subaru BRZ (2012)

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Sister car to the Toyota GT86. Rear-wheel drive and powered by a 2.0-litre flat four engine with 200PS. Well priced.

Interior quality could be better.

Subaru BRZ (2012): At A Glance

The BRZ is the result of a Subaru-led joint development with Toyota with Subaru providing the engine and chassis know how. It weighs just 1220kg and with a low centre of gravity promises keen handling and an enjoyable driving experience.

The newly developed 2.0-litre powerplant is exclusive to the BRZ and is fitted with Toyota's D-4S direct injection technology, designed to improving efficiency. The six-speed manual gearbox features a short-stroke gear lever, which according to Subaru is optimised in rigidity, shift accuracy and weight.  The optional six-speed automatic transmission has a ‘Sports’ mode for immediate shift response. In ‘manual’ mode it lets the driver change gear via steering wheel-mounted paddles and features a downshift ‘throttle blipping’ system, similar to that on the Nissan 370Z.

The low-placed, naturally aspirated engine allows for a low and wide stance with the BRZ just 1,300mm tall and 1,775mm wide. Subaru says that the 2+2 sports car still offers ample luggage space though. Elsewhere inside there's a compact steering wheel, a digital speedo and specially designed sports seats with ergonimically optimised bolsters to hold the driver (and passenger) securely in place.\

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What does a Subaru BRZ (2012) cost?

List Price from £31,995
Buy new from £29,950

Real MPG average for a Subaru BRZ (2012)

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30–43 mpg

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Buying a sports car - GT86, BRZ or S2000?

I have been reading your reviews and was thinking what you would recommend out of the Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT86 and Honda S2000 in terms of resale value?
The S2000 had a long production run, but is now out of production. Though a decent car it is not rare. The latest examples had better steering so are better to drive. The GT86 and BRZ are new models, basically the same car with different badging. There are a few trim options, such as leather and sat nav, which you need to have. Whether to go for the manual or automatic is a personal decision. In the USA, probably better to go automatic because that increases the number of potential buyers. In the UK probably better to go manual. Something you might not expect is the lack of torque in the higher gears, requiring downchanging if the speed of traffic drops on an incline. I can't tell you how well the GT86 and BRZ will hold their value. I can tell you that in the UK there are fewer BRZs.
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