|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Subaru BRZ
|Limited||2.0L F-4||RWD||6M||6.2 sec||14.8 sec @ 95 mph||21/29/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
2016 Subaru BRZ
|Series.HyperBlue||2.0L F-4||RWD||6M||6.8 sec||15.3 sec @ 92.3 mph||22/30/27.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
2015 Subaru BRZ
|Limited||2.0L F-4||RWD||6M||6.3 sec||14.9 sec @ 94.6 mph||22/30/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2014 Subaru BRZ
|Crawford Engineering||2.0L Twin-Turbo F-4||RWD||6M||4.4 sec||12.9 sec @ 112.7 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Road & Track|
2013 Subaru BRZ
|Limited||2.0L F-4||RWD||6M||6.3 sec||14.9 sec @ 95 mph||22/30/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Limited||2.0L F-4||RWD||6A||7.5 sec||15.8 sec @ 92 mph||25/34/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Limited||2.0L F-4||RWD||6M||6.4 sec||14.9 sec @ 95.5 mph||22/30/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Limited||2.0L F-4||RWD||6M||6.4 sec||14.9 sec @ 94.4 mph||22/30/26.6 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Limited||2.0L F-4||RWD||6M||6.4 sec||15.0 sec @ 93 mph||22/30/28.6 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Limited||2.0L F-4||RWD||6A||7.7 sec||15.9 sec @ 91.5 mph||25/34/29.9 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Limited||2.0L F-4||RWD||6A||7.7 sec||15.9 sec @ 91 mph||25/34/31.5 mpg||Motor Week|
|Premium||2.0L F-4||RWD||6M||6.4 sec||15.0 sec @ 94 mph||22/30/28 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Subaru BRZ
If you are the kind of driver who loves to be pushed into the back of the seat when you step on the gas, then you have to get the Subaru BRZ. This car will satisfy your desire for a really quick start.
But as you lead the car into the twists and turns of the road, it will also give you a confident feeling about its brakes and its responsive connection with the steering wheel. These great features are made possible through the car’s excellent classic sports car configuration.
This rear-wheel drive, front engine sports coupe has an amazing low center of gravity enabling it to move athletically. With a sport-tuned suspension system, you will really appreciate and experience its razor-sharp handling.
A Brief Glance at the History of the Subaru BRZ
The name Subaru is Japan’s version of star cluster M45 also known as the Pleiades. Astronomers call this cluster as “The Seven Sisters”. But in Subaru’s logo there are only six stars. This is due to the fact that one of the ‘sisters’ is invisible.
Subaru is also the car manufacturing division of Fuji Heavy Industries, which is also the 22nd largest car maker in the world in 2012. Cars made by Subaru use the boxer engine layout.
This car manufacturer also uses symmetrical all-wheel drive train layout since 1972. It is now the standard in most Subarus made for the North American market. However, the lone exception is the Subaru BRZ, which uses the boxer engine but has a rear-wheel drive. It was introduced in the car market in 2012.
If you are interested in this car, here are its important specs that you need to know:
- Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC aluminum-alloy 16-valve horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine with Dual Active Valve Control System; 200 hp. @ 7000 rpm; 151 lb.-ft. of torque @ 6400 rpm
- Transmission: Fully synchronized 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission
- Steering: Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS)
- Suspension: 4-wheel independent 4-wheel independent suspension; Front: Strut type with lower L-arm Stabilizer bar; Rear: Double wishbone.
- Brakes: Brake Assist; Brake Override System
The manufacturer of Subaru BRZ boasts that this car was designed to provide car drivers with “pure handling delight.” With its lightweight design this car maximizes the potential of its engine which results in exceptional handling.
The two types of transmissions available on the BRZ variants perform well, but it is the 6-speed manual version that stands out. Even the automatic version performs very well because you can even manually select a gear, and the transmission holds it, even when you keep the car at full throttle.
When you try to build up the power from 4,500 RPM to 6,500 RPM, the engine exhaust will produce a delightful bark that is just like a real, robust sports car. The rear wheels also seem to have surer footing, primarily because of its Torsen limited-slip differential.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Subaru BRZ keeps abreast of the pack. The variant that is equipped with automatic transmission is rated at 25 miles per gallon in the city, and 34 mpg on the highway.
It is more fuel efficient than the BRZ with a six-speed manual which has a rating of 22 mpg in the city, and 30 mpg on the highway. This is largely due to the fact that the manual transmission is geared a little lower than the automatic.
Considering the sporty nature of the BRZ, these figures are pretty decent enough. Subaru has been successful in making it more fuel efficient because of its direct injection fuel system, and also its light curb weight, plus its tall high-gear overdrive.
The Subaru BRZ earns high marks in crash tests given by the NHTSA and gets scores of five stars overall. It also earns top marks from the IIHS, and an ‘acceptable’ rating in its new small-overlap frontal impact test.
The Subaru BRZ offers good outward visibility which is very remarkable for a sports car. This is due to the car’s low beltline and ample window space.
The safety package of the Subaru BRZ includes a multi-mode stability control system, Brake Assist and Brake Override, brake-force distribution, and four-channel ABS.
Quality and Comfort
By focusing on good driving dynamics and dependable handling, the Subaru BRZ has somewhat compromised with some of its comfort aspects. But it still offers great stability when driving through the mountains, with two people comfortably ensconced inside the cabin.
The car tends to bounce up and down with the highway road works. But it is able to keep on track and is seldom forced to drive off-course. However, for long drives, that will be very tiring.
Overall, the car offers enough support for long drives. If you are really not that tall, you will find that you will have ample headroom inside the cabin. The seats are firm and bolstered, and offer reasonably good comfort.
To learn more about Subaru BRZ, visit the official Subaru website.
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