Drive the 2016 Subaru BRZ
The back-to-basics sports car is back. The 2016 Subaru BRZ is made for those who love the drive, and don’t care about the destination. The returning 200 hp Boxer engine gives the BRZ one of the lowest centres of gravity of any sports car. So, even if you can’t out-accelerate a 300 hp STI down the straightaway, the BRZ will keep up with almost anything through the curves.
The BRZ breaks free from traditional Subaru thinking, opting for a rear wheel drive platform with a TORSEN® limited-slip differential to reduce weight and optimize handling. Shifting is butter smooth thanks to a 6-speed short-throw manual shifter, and those who prefer an automatic can also get a 6 speed automatic with formula-one-inspired paddle shifters.
Subaru BRZ Performance
The BRZ is powered by a 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine with 200 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed Electronic Direct Control Automatic Transmission with paddle shift controls. The focus on the BRZ was to reduce weight and focus on razor sharp handling. Its lightweight and rigid chassis, low hung engine, and fully independent suspension system give it an edge. Given its small engine and lightweight frame, the BRZ also gets excellent fuel efficiency.
Rumors continue to swirl about a higher-performance BRZ STI model. Subaru of Japan has showcased a BRZ STI concept model that sheds additional weight and adds aerodynamic trickery to make this sleek coupe more track-focused. However, increased engine performance is still not confirmed, so check back with Subaru of London regularily for updates.
Subaru BRZ Exterior
It’s devastatingly good looking. Every angle of the BRZ deserves a second look. As Subaru’s first rear-wheel-drive, 2+2 sports coupe, this car is an exciting departure for the entire brand. Just one look will have you falling head over heels. With an aggressive front end, shapely fender flairs, and a hunched stance, the BRZ is impossible to resist. Then add on eye-catch and lightweight 17″ aluminum alloy wheels, the new standard “shark fin” antenna, and the classic World Rally Pearl Blue paint job, and you send a clear message that this fast and explosive shark of a car is ready to pounce at any moment.
Subaru BRZ Interior
It’s performance with a purpose. You wouldn’t call the BRZ’s interior “plush.” No, it’s designed to put you closer to the road, not set you apart from it with overly soft seating or other distractions. Its ultra-low seating position and supportive sport seats put you in position for a memorable drive. If you’re getting the cockpit image, that’s exactly what Subaru is going for, with stripped down dash controls, set off against corrugated metal. And just because it’s built for performance doesn’t mean that comfort is forgotten. It offers room for four, premium upholstery or leather and Alcantara seating surfaces, folding rear seatbacks and ample trunk space. Forget compromise.