My 5 Minute Ride Along in the 2013 Subaru BRZ
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I got a call from my local subaru dealer (Fairway Subaru, Greenville SC) from my lovely sales lady Jan Doss that the Subaru BRZ was at the dealer and if I wanted to come up and take a look at it and see what it was all about to get on out there because this is a "Demo/PR" car that the regional sales rep has been bringing around to various dealers. If you want to know when it maybe in your area please contact your dealer.
My initial thoughts seeing the car was it looks really nice, Subaru didn't skimp on the outside except for the vents in the fenders could be more real but not a huge deal. When i got in the car i was amazed on just how well the seats fit. I would actually love to own these seats for my current car(s) lol they kept you planted in the seats during hard cornering and were actually quite comfortable even for me being 6' 3. I like the fact that the interior was all covered in leather with most of it in red stitching, the console reminds me of carbon fiber but it's just plastic but still you feel like you are sitting in a car that is well made. The one thing that annoys me the most about newer cars is the plastic feeling for the money you pay, at least this car won't have that issue.
Radio & HVAC controls – I'm not a huge fan of the navagation option but I do however like the idea that you can remove the radio unlike they did to the 05-09 subaru legacy gt owners. What i thought was actually cool was the heater controls and switches in the center console. It reminds me of a cockpit control panel which I have seen in some of the newer chevy cars. The interior doesn't look cheap although there is always room for improvement. I would love to see the black trim offered in carbon fiber. This car is also has the engine start button and i didn't hear him start the car he just reached down and pushed the button and we were off.
I absolutly love the looks of the outside of the car minus the fake side vents, if I were to get one I would want the HID lights, and some other options that the toyota FRS will not have. Here is a quick few pictures of the outside:
Engine & Transmission:
The subaru brz has been equipped with the Subaru Boxer D-45 motor which puts out 200 horsepower from a 2.0 liter motor but does not come with a turbo charger option (for now) but during the ride along I never saw a need for a turbo charger of course it would be nice but this 2500 lb car had no problems during acceleration or passing. It even stuck to the road in the corners & accelerating at the same time with no problem. Something that I think would be a must is to have the 6-speed manual transmission, that is what this model had and maybe i'll write another review once i see one with a automatic.
One of the interesting things I noticed about the engine was due to it sitting so low in the engine bay they had to relocate the engine oil filter to the top of the motor, i personally wish subaru had done this long before now but we will tell in the long run how well this does.
Handling: I thought the car did amazing though the curves and even when we punched it the car never broke loose or even hinted at tire squeal and trust me we pushed it. The suspension did quite well but I would like to see some spt upgrades for this down the road. Maybe next time we can get a look at it we'll try to put it on a lift and get some good pictures of the under body to show the suspension.
Bottom Line: Yes I would love to have one of these but the price point at the moment doesn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy considering you can get a WRX for about the same price that has a turbo charger. I think something Subaru should consider for this model is to come out wtih a track ready version that includes Brembo brakes, and maybe some suspension tweaks because after all most of the people purchasing these will most likely be taking them to some form of track day.
|2013 Subaru BRZ prototype|
|BASE PRICE||$25,000 (est)|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass,2-door coupe|
|ENGINE||2.0L/200-hp (est)/170-lb-ft (est) DOHC 16-valve flat-4|
|TRANSMISSION||6-speed manual,6-speed automatic|
|CURB WEIGHT||2500 lb (mfr est)|
|WHEELBASE||93.5 in (est)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||148.8 x 70.0 x 46.8 (est)|
|0-60 MPH||6.0 sec (MT est)|
|EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON||25-27/30-32 mpg (est)|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||125-135/105-112 kW-hrs/100 mi (est)|
|CO2 EMISSIONS||0.67-0.72 lb/mi (est)|
|ON SALE IN U.S.||Spring 2012|
Oh yea if I were to ever own one of these this is the color it would have to be:
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