Subaru BRZ 

  • $38k built in Japan
  • 2013
  • 197 HP 2.0L
  • 143 mph
BRZ Premium with 6-speed manual As good as the BRZ auto is (and it's very impressive), I'm glad I drove it first, because the Premium model with the standard six-speed manual is the purist's delight.
by MotorTrend
Best of all, while the car clearly had more grip, once that grip was exhausted by the higher speed of the car, it will still slide around plenty.
by MotorTrend

Road Tests Real world tests of the Subaru BRZ

0-60mph

Subaru BRZ
6.4 s
Nissan 350Z
5.2 s

Top speed

Subaru BRZ
143 mph
Impreza WRX STI
158 mph
370Z Touring
157 mph

0-100mph

Subaru BRZ
16.2 s

1/4 mile

Subaru BRZ
14.9 s

Data points Key details of the Subaru BRZ

Price

Subaru BRZ
$38k

Horsepower

Subaru BRZ
197 HP
370Z Touring
332 HP

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Handling

When the brief is to build "a pure handling sports car," where better to start than with the company that practically wrote and constantly revises the bible of handling, Porsche?
by AutoBlog (Dec, 2011)
The BRZ is a well balanced car with excellent weight distribution, stiff chassis and a tuned suspension but it isn't as unforgiving as say a Subaru STi.
by AutoBlog Canada (Nov, 2012)
Communicative, quick-ratio steering, combined with suspension settings that are taut but just compliant enough allow you to enjoy the tight corners, read the road surface with your hands, and get a sense of where the BRZ's dynamics are headed before the tires lose adhesion.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)

Powertrain

Both of the transmissions in the BRZ do a good job in keeping it fun and keeping the revs up when needed, but it's the precise, short-throw six-speed manual that we recommend.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)
As mentioned, two six-speeds are available, a manual and an automatic.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2011)
The six-speed manual transmission has a high-effort, short-throw shifter and a light clutch, and it’s a bit easy to stall the BRZ off the line because its flywheel weighs only 20 lb, some 9 less than an STI.
by AutomobileMag

Performance

Peak power comes on at 7,000 RPM but the joy seems to end quickly when as it quickly creeps up on the 7,400 RPM redline.
by AutoBlog Canada (Nov, 2012)
At wide-open throttle, the pipe brings in a pleasing roar, loud enough that you'll be shouting to your buddy sitting next to you, "SOUNDS PRETTY GOOD, RIGHT?
by MotorTrend
With the BRZ, instead of adding speed with the gas pedal, you can refrain from subtracting speed with the brakes.
by MotorTrend

Engine

In the 4,500-rpm to 6,500-rpm range, power builds quickly, and the somewhat ordinary four-cylinder intake sounds yield to a tenorous, pulsating bark that does indeed sound like WRXs that have received the tuner treatment.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)
Power won't be a strong point for those who have test-driven some of the heavier sports cars with turbocharged engines or big V-8s, but the 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed ('boxer' or 'flat') four-cylinder engine can squirt you eagerly from corner to corner provided you keep it revving high.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)
But the reward of the light construction and small engine is great fuel economy—up to 34 mpg highway.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)

Transmission

Perhaps as a nod to Scion's content-cramming technique, all BRZ models come standard with a limited-slip differential; cruise control; eight-speaker audio system with navigation and XM radio; leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and e-brake handle; soft-touch dash; and black fabric trim.
by MotorTrend
When the BRZ goes on sale next March it will come standard with navigation, the 6.1-inch display, 196-watt AM/FM/single CD stereo, iPod and USB connections and Bluetooth, and heated mirrors.
by AutoBlog (Dec, 2011)
And the Premium isn't so base, what with standard HID headlamps, navigation, Bluetooth phone and audio, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and a Torsen limited-slip differential.
by MotorTrend

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Subaru
Price $38,250
Type of car Production car
Year 2013
City mileage 19 MPG
Highway mileage 27 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 13.62 lb/hp
Maximum hp 197 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Maximum torque 152 ft-lb @ 6,400 RPM
Engine placement Front
Weight distribution 53%/47%
Steering system rack&pinionPAS

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.61 in Disc
Rear brakes 11.61 in Disc
Front wheels 432/? 17
Rear wheels 432/? 17

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,684 lb
Width 69.9 in
Height 50.6 in
Length 166.7 in
Front track width 59.8 in
Wheelbase 101.2 in

road tests

Top speed 143 mph
1/4 mile 14.9 s
0-60mph 6.4 s
0-100mph 16.2 s
Laguna seca lap time 1:51.30

transmission

Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Axle ratio 4.1:1

engine

Displacement 2,000 cc
Cylinders Flat 4
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 12.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.39 in / 3.39 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves
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