Launched as a concept vehicle between Subaru and Toyota, the BRZ is an everyman’s sports vehicle that combines an attractive set of specs with an unbelievable price point that is sure to get drivers of all ages taking notice. Utilizing a brand-new rear-wheel drive system, this coupe’s options and curb appeal are sure to make it a winner.
Under the hood, the 2013 BRZ boasts a naturally aspirated, horizontally opposed 2.0-liter aluminum engine, code-named BOXER, which delivers a whopping 200 horses at a max of 7000 rpm and an acceptable 151 lb.-ft. of torque. A great combination from a company that has definitely become a leader in creating performance engines in recent years. (Just check out their race stock!)
This babe magnet is also easy on the wallet with an estimated consumption of 22 mpg for city, 30 mpg for highway and a reasonable combined 25 mpg for the six-speed manual transmission. If you’re going for automatic, the numbers jump to 25 mpg, 34 mpg and 28 mpg respectively. Not too shabby and definitely an important point to consider in the initial purchase price. Depending on your style, you may want to consider the optional six-speed automatic paddle-shifter transmission: a nice bonus in terms of added mileage, but really it’s just plain cool!
As for the body, the BRZ was designed using a completely new platform, which let engineers give it an ultra-low center of gravity, though we don’t heckle it for taking cues from the brand’s sick WRX-STI’s architecture for added stability. In addition to this, as Subarus are commonly associated with mixed-surface races and road rallies, the BRZ’s double-wishbone rear suspension system is optimized for bump absorption to enhance your tire grip. Our advice: go exploring with this baby.
Available in two trim levels, Premium (starting at $25,495) and Limited (starting at $27,495), drivers get the luxury of a 6.1-inch LCD control, the usual audio/iPod/Bluetooth/satellite options and a sporty interior cabin complete with a race-inspired three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching. If you head for the Limited model, you’ll get some additional amenities, including front fog lights and rear spoiler treatment. For the price level, this is one hot car you definitely need to consider for the driveway.
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