What alternatives should I consider to a used Subaru BRZ coupe?
If you are set on getting a BRZ, have a look at its sibling, the Toyota GT86. Essentially, it is the same car but with only a few subtle differences. The major advantage of getting a GT86 is that there are a lot more of them about, and Toyota has a greater spread of dealers when it comes time to service your car. The warranty on the BRZ is three years, but the GT86 has five years of coverage, which means you are more likely to find a GT86 with some cover left than you are with the BRZ.
The Mazda MX-5 is not a particularly fast car either, but at least that is a convertible, so the wind in your hair will certainly makes you feel like you’re travelling faster than you are.
If you want your coupé to be a bit a more brawny, then the 3.7-litre V6 in the Nissan 370Z has power to spare. It can be a bit of a handful though, and it is a heavy lump of a thing, especially on a twisty road.
If you want a performance car that can do it all, then the Volkswagen Golf R is just what you need. With 296bhp, it is formidably fast for a hatchback, and four-wheel drive allows you to put that power down, even when the weather is bad.