Subaru BRZ review

Category: Coupé

Section: Performance & drive

Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru BRZ
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The BRZ comes with a 2.0-litre horizontally opposed flat-four engine. It produces a modest 197bhp, but because the BRZ is also relatively light, that's more than enough puff to produce speedy 0-62mph 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 lazy lower down in the rev range – let the engine drop below 4500rpm and you’ll wonder what happened to all the go. Thankfully, there is a six-speed manual gearbox with well-chosen ratios (a six-speed auto is optional).

The 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. The lightweight and classic sports car layout (engine at the front, driven wheels at the back) gives the BRZ real agility, and the fast throttle response and quick, weighty steering help, too. The rear-wheel drive layout is also great fun if you venture onto a track, but on a public road, it can’t quite match an Audi TT for refinement.