Subaru BRZ (2012) Review

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Subaru BRZ (2012) At A Glance

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.

New prices start from £27,525
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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Real MPG average for a Subaru BRZ (2012)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance


Real MPG

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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Which car to replace my Audi TT?
I have owned a current shape Audi TT 2.0-litre turbo since new and it is now five years old. The car fits me very well but I am thinking now of replacing it. I need the load carrying capability and occasional rear seats. Is there anything else I should consider before buying another TT of the same shape a year before the new shape comes out? I have seen previews of the new shape and don't like it.
Toyota GT86, Subaru BRZ, Volkswagen Scirocco, KIA pro_cee’d GT, Hyundai Veloster Turbo.
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What should I replace my Porsche Cayman with?
I received an unexpected text from my Porsche dealer asking if they could buy my 2006 34,800 mile Cayman. I responded and apparently they've had a run on used sales and are in need of stock, with a high demand for Caymans. My car has metallic black paint and has been a brilliant, trouble-free car (as was the Boxster that preceded it for three years). They are offering £17-18,000 subject to inspection and condition. As I approach my 59th birthday, I'm thinking that something more interesting, but more comfortable might take my fancy, and if I accept the Porsche offer, and add about £4-5,000, I'm comfortably into an 2008 BMW 630 Convertible. My wife and I have had several BMWs previously (she runs a 325i M Sport) and our local dealer give a truly fantastic service. I'm very tempted. What do you think?
Possibly not to your taste, but the next hot thing will be the new Toyota GT86 and its Subaru clone (the car is a mix of Toyota and Subaru. Another possibility is a Nissan 350/370Z, but comfort is very tyre dependent. Then there's the BMW Z4. I like the old shape coupe, but would need to find someone who could sort it out and give a bit of feel to the steering.
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Two-seater sports car- Should I go for an Audi TT or Mercedes SLK?
I am thinking of buying a nearly new two-seater and have narrowed it down to a Audi TT roadster or a Mercedes SLK 200 or 250. Which do you think is the better car? Is the SLK underpowered and noisy?
The current SLK 200 and particularly the 250CFI are not very sporty. If you want a sportscar in the £25k - £30k bracket get a Toyota GT86 or Subaru BRZ.
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