Review: Subaru BRZ (2012)
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
- New prices start from £27,025, brokers can source from £29,950
- Contract hire deals from £400.63 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 30–31
- On average it achieves 107% of the official MPG figure
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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