Can a car company mostly known for its wagons and SUVs produce a car that is tons of fun to drive? Absolutely. The Subaru BRZ is the twin brother of the Toyota GT86 (the latter owns a small share of former) and similar to the Toyota, the BRZ provides a thrilling drive! The BRZ was developed alongside the Toyota GT86.
Like the GT86, it is a back-to-basics sports coupe. They look very much alike, although that is not a bad thing; as a result, the BRZ is a neat, low-slung and subtle coupe. If you’re looking for a small, highly stylized car that loves to run through curves, then the Subaru BRZ is the right choice for you. With its classical layout, it’s tremendously engaging to drive on twisty roads, and at the same time, a truly rewarding machine on the track. Here’s what it’s all about.
The BRZ’s basic shape is instantly recognizable despite styling updates; it is still a Subaru, but everything has gotten just a bit sharper. Starting from the bottom, the standard alloy wheels have a new design with black elements that are remarkably attractive. The front has been updated with a new bumper and an improved headlight cluster with daytime running lights, while the rear has been made over with a spoiler and a dual exhaust system. The rearview mirrors are electrically heated and automatically foldable with exterior LED foglights. The keyless entry is deeply satisfying and the door unlocks the second you wrap your fingers around the handle.
When it comes to the interior, the emphasis is on basic functionality. As soon as you hop into the driver’s seat, you are welcomed by a large gauge cluster. The design is clean, and if readability at speed was the main goal, then the BRZ’s instrument cluster design can be considered a success. It also boasts superbly supportive and heated front sports leather seats, features like keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone climate control and Subarus Starlink infotainment system complete with a touchscreen display. As expected of Subaru, the interior feels solidly put together.
The BRZ feels completely at ease over bumps at low speeds. It also feels sharp as you speed up. The classic sports layout gives the BRZ real-time agility, weighted, yet precise steering and a sharp throttle response. The engine sounds good while throughout the rev range. There is plenty of comfortable space in the front seats, with plenty of room for your legs and head, so long journeys will be completed in comfort. The real pleasure in driving this car is the ability to take every ounce of power from the engine through perfectly timed shifts via the 6-speed manual and pushing the car to its limits. The steering is spot-on and the brakes are equally confidence-inspiring.
For those who do not enjoy the manual transmission, Subaru also offers a 6-speed automatic complete with a manual shift mode. There is also a third mode, called temporary manual, which allows downshifting via paddles behind the steering wheel. All three modes work well, but the manual is somehow most fitting for such a back-to-basics concept. Few vehicles can mix an agile ride with composed cornering as flawlessly as the BRZ, making this nifty four-wheeler an ideal companion for any adventure.
Does All That Fun Come At The Expense Of Safety?
The safety equipment list starts off with 7 airbags. In situations where you’re forced to jump on the brake, Subaru made sure to do everything to make this unpleasant occurrence as comfortable as it can be by including systems such as brake force distribution, brake assist, whiplash-preventing headrest, and Isofix seat anchoring points. It also features tethers for children, an anti-theft security system, engine immobilizer, vehicle stability control, and a backup camera. The BRZ received an excellent score in each of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests, meaning it is the perfect choice for anyone seeking sheering driving pleasure in its original form – the way it was meant to be.