The Subaru BRZ is great fun to drive thanks to its sharp handling and crisp responses. It's well equipped and affordable, too.
You need to really thrash the engine for the sort of pace you expect, and the interior looks pretty cheap. Not as practical as the best coupes, either.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The engine is a 2.0-litre horizontally opposed flat-four. It produces a modest 197bhp, but because the BRZ is also relatively light, that's more than enough puff to produce sub-7.0 second 0-60mph times. You'll need to rev it until it's about to explode to produce these kind of figures, though. That's because the engine is very flat below 4000rpm, you find yourself working it for all its worth. A six-speed manual comes as standard, or you can opt for six-speed auto.
Ride & Handling
The Subaru BRZ feels slightly less at ease over lumps and bumps at low speeds than the GT86 because of its marginally firmer suspension, but it also feels that little bit sharper as speeds build. On faster roads, it changes direction smoothly and accurately, thanks to its low centre of gravity and slick steering. Turn off the traction control and let rip with the accelerator, and the BRZ goes from being neutrally balanced to extremely tail-happy.
The BRZ is about as far from a sophisticated coupe as you can imagine. The transmission is clunky and noisy and road noise is a real problem. The standard low-rolling-resistance tyres also produce embarrassing amounts of tyre squeal when simply pulling out of your drive.