ON TEST WITH
Subaru BRZ 2.0i SE Lux Auto
Price OTR: £27,995
Cast aside any negative views you might have of Subaru.
Instead you should focus on the new 2017 model Subaru BRZ – because actually this could just be the new sports car you have been yearning for.
Power and Efficiency: Fitted with a 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed (Boxer), four-cylinder, four-stroke (DOHC 16V) petrol engine with 200ps @ 7000rpm and 205Nm of torque. 0-62mph is around 8.2sec, fuel consumption is a decent 39.8 mpg combined and a top speed of around 130mph.
Boxer engines have taken some stick in the past but actually, they fascinate me and the Boxer engine in the BRZ is pretty cool, thanks to key features such as the engine’s square bore and stroke (86mm x 86mm), which all helps achieve a balance between mechanical efficiency, environmental performance, speed and power.
The engine is also fitted with the D-4S direct and port injection system.
This selects the appropriate fuel injection rate to provide greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions – all wonderful stuff then.
On the road: Nimble, frisky and if I am being honest, a little minx – and that’s just to get you started. Take the nimble little BRZ out on the road and you will feel how well it grips – again thanks to the BRZ being fitted with a Torsen limited slip rear differential for improved traction, allowing the more enthusiastic driver to make the most of the car’s rear-wheel drive layout.
Of course, to get the best out of a sports car you need to have a front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout – and the BRZ has this by the bucket load.
For 2017, the dampers have also been redesigned to reduce body roll, increase precision whilst cornering, which has made a massive impact on ride comfort while still being a dynamically focused machine. Subaru has also lowered the strut mounts to help reduce the centre of gravity which helps give the BRZ a much sleeker and lower profile on the road.
Design and Technology: Some of the additional standard equipment on the BRZ includes; auto on headlights (LED front and LED rear), 6.2-inch multi-function colour touchscreen, satellite navigation, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, ABS, brake assist, front, side, curtain and knee airbags.
To sum up: What can I say – the BRZ is a great drive and perfect for someone who wants a nimble little sports car.