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Subaru BRZ (2012–)

Last updated 13 May 2019

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.
Updated 13 May 2019

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Introduction

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.\

Subaru BRZ SE Lux 2017 Road Test

Owners' reviews

5
A hidden gem
List Price from £27,065
Buy new from £25,665
Contract hire from £355.38 per month
 

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