ON TEST WITH
Subaru BRZ 2.0i SE Lux
Price: From £27,025
Dynamic, sophisticated and thrilling, that’s what I think of the new updated BRZ.
Its low centre of gravity, rear-wheel drive and taut chassis all helps to deliver exceptional on-road handling.
This is what being a motoring journalist is all about and why I love the BRZ so much.
So, what’s new for 2018? Well, the BRZ now boasts an upgraded infotainment system, with seven-inch, multi-function display, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ all as standard.
Power and Efficiency: The BRZ is fitted with a 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed (Boxer), four-cylinder, four-stroke petrol engine with 200PS @ 7000rpm and 205Nm of torque.
It can go from 0-62mph in around 7.6sec, fuel consumption is a decent 32.8 mpg combined and a top speed of around 140mph.
For all those tech nerds, the engine’s pistons are placed 180 degrees apart allowing a lower, flatter engine profile.
This gives the power plant and therefore the whole car a lower centre of gravity.
This more balanced weight distribution gives the BRZ exceptional handling, poise and control.
Boxer engines have taken some stick in the past but they fascinate me and the Boxer engine in the BRZ is pretty cool.
The engine is also fitted with an intelligent port injection system, which selects the appropriate fuel injection rate to provide greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
On the road: Nimble, frisky and if I am being honest, a little minx. Take the nimble little BRZ out on the road and you will feel how well it grips. All thanks to the BRZ being fitted with a Torsen limited slip rear differential for improved traction.
Also, using a rear-wheel drive sports car drivetrain allows the engine to sit further back in the BRZ chassis, which helps provide a perfect balance for precise control and grip during high-speed cornering. 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 2018, there have been some changes, and although very small, they all make a big difference.
Design and Technology: Some of the additional standard equipment on the BRZ includes Subaru Boxer engine (2.0-litre petrol), rear-wheel drive, track mode function, Torsen® Limited Slip Differential, LED headlights, keyless entry and push button start system, a seven-inch multi-function colour touchscreen and satellite navigation.
To sum up: What can I say, the BRZ is a great drive and perfect for someone who wants a nimble little sports car.