Pure driver’s car.
With the 2013 BRZ, Subaru has given car enthusiasts the world over a reason to be excited again. Although the Germans and the Americans build bigger, heavier, more powerful cars that post amazing performance numbers, the engineers at Subaru and Toyota (the Scion FR-S was developed alongside the BRZ) are offering a light, nimble sports car with just enough power to be fun. That means a 0-to-60-mph time of about seven seconds but a much bigger grin when you enter a curve. Don’t look for a ton of gimmicky equipment here. Subaru pretty much limits the luxury goodies to dual-zone climate control, heated seats, keyless ignition, and Alcantara upholstery. There’s also only one option: an automatic transmission that’s perfectly good but completely against this car’s mission in life — involving the driver. The focus on creating a pure sports car experience means a Torsen limited-slip differential is standard equipment as well as a five-mode traction-control system. Subaru understands this approach isn’t going to appeal to everyone and has set modest sales targets for the car. A pure driver’s car that’s expected to sell in low numbers? Sounds like Subaru has a future collectible classic on its hands. Perhaps that will help you convince your significant other that it’s an investment instead of a toy.
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new for 2013
Everything. The Subaru BRZ is a new model for 2013. Subaru and Toyota teamed up to build a sports car that’s sold around the world as the BRZ, the Scion Fr-S, and the Toyota GT 86. This is exactly the car enthusiasts have been waiting for — 2762 pounds, rear-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission. This particular Subaru is more at home on a paved track than a gravel rally route because the BRZ is the only model in Subaru showrooms that isn’t all-wheel drive.
ABS; front, front side, and side curtain air bags; a tire-pressure monitoring system; and stability and traction control are standard.
Easy to drive quickly
Acceleration isn’t breathtaking
Base Price Range: $26,245–$29,345
TRIM LEVELS: Premium, Limited
BODY STYLE: Coupe, 4-passenger
ENGINE: 2.0L flat-4, 200 hp, 150 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: 76.5 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: 6.9 cu ft