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Here's What's Special About The Subaru BRZ

The BRZ is a winsome rear-wheel-drive Subaru coupe, offering outstanding performance and bags of features with a price range starting from $28,000.

The Japanese car manufacturer Subaru has proved itself trustworthy and capable of making practical and potent vehicles throughout these years. The Forester and the Outback hold Subaru’s name in today’s on-trend utility vehicles’ market loaded with numerous SUVs. But the BRZ belongs to another world.

Originally, the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86 were a joint venture project between Subaru and Toyota (flat-four by Subaru, body by Toyota). That’s why they are almost identical, though some minor modifications, such as tweaked suspension settings, can be noticed.

Packed with Subaru’s famous boxers, the BRZ is a winsome rear-wheel-drive Subaru coupe, offering great performance and bags of features with a price range starting from $28,000. The considerably low pricing on the BRZ makes it a sought-after coupe when compared to other overpriced options; JDM is surely delighted at having such an affordable sharp coupe.

If sports coupes always grab your attention, but they instantly become one of your thousand dreams because of their price tags, then congratulations; you’re in the right place. Read on to find out more about the Subaru BRZ, and see what’s so special about this cost-efficient looker.

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It’s Real-Wheel Drive, But You Can’t Overlook It
Limited shown in Crystal Black Pearl with available Performance Package
Via: Subaru

The Subaru BRZ isn’t the fastest, but you can have plenty of fun with it. 0-60 MPH in 6.2 seconds is a competent result of the 2.0-liter flat-four, to which producing 205 HP and 156 lb-ft of torque isn’t burdensome if paired with the six-speed manual transmission. You can have an automatic transmission instead if you find it more convenient, but then a compromise on 200 HP and 151 lb-ft of torque will be inescapable.

These go along with some other performance-improving privileges all gathered in the Performance package, including Brembo brakes and Sachs performance shock absorbers coming standard on the tS variant.

One may find some gearheads only where both front and rear wheels are powered at once, and Subaru is a crackerjack at making AWDs; the WRX STI is one foolproof example among many. But Subaru feels there’s an unapparent connection with the BRZ and rear-wheel-drive system, contrary to most other sports cars ramping up their performance with all-wheel-drive systems, such as the Acura NSX and the Audi R8. Overall, what lies under the hood is engaging enough to keep the BRZ still in the game, holding sufficient power.

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A Unique Exterior Design Is In Everyone’s Interest
Limited shown in WR Blue Pearl with available Performance Package
Via: Subaru

Not that it’s the embodiment of something other-worldly, but everyone can notice it on the road, especially if the WR Blue Pearl body color is your pick. The name badge’s planted in the front, right on the black-finished grille dragged to cover the LED foglights. The Subaru’s six-star badge plays the third-eye role, sitting between a set of LED headlights.

Design-wise, the TS model seems to be a better choice, boasting an adjustable Carbon Fiber rear wing, matte-bronzed-finished 18-inch wheels glowing in the middle of high-performance tires, and a modified front bumper. But a pair of aquiline LED taillights with a distinct triangle-shaped brake light surrounded by two performance exhaust pipes. Isn’t it eye-catching, while simple? Well, the simplicity of the exterior of the BRZ finds its way into the inside as well.

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Interior: You Get What You Need
Limited interior shown in Black Leather-Alcantara
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Pushing a button is enough to start the car. The center console doesn’t look confusing, and the visibility is fine. Two cup-holders in the middle might be handy. Subaru’s stars shine in the middle of a leather-wrapped steering wheel carrying a button or two. Leather-trimmed upholstery (the shift knob’s not left out either) and dual-zone automatic climate control come standard as well.

It seats four passengers, but those who choose to sit in the back would probably end up regretting it. The BRZ tries to makes it up, though, with four-way manually adjustable seats; the driver finds more comfort with a heated one. 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space does the job, though more is available with the back seats folded down.

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Get A Decent Entertainment System With No Safety Concern
tS interior shown in Black Leather-Alcantara® with red accents
Via: Subaru

Subaru’s been successful in making the BRZ fun and reliable, aside from the riding. It enjoys a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, supporting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto. Through the normal-sized display, you have access to SiriusXM satellite radio, and navigation is easy. More is Bluetooth streaming and two USB charging ports. Listening to music might become an addictive activity with the eight-speaker sound system coming with both the Limited and the tS model (if a thicker and more solid sound is your preference, an optional subwoofer may be worth spending a little more).

It’s a relief to sit in an NHTSA confirmed car (it earned their four-star crash-test rating), though it could be even better if we could call it a Top Safety Pick (IIHS’s exclusive value). Lacking driver assistance features are also another pity; such a capable ride deserved some of those privileges. All within the BRZ is the Starlink safety system which includes improved roadside assistance and automatic collision warning. Besides that, a brake assist along with ABS and a vehicle stability control system with track mode are offered.

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