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2013 Subaru BRZ – I was wrong…

Posted in Car Reviews, European Rides, Featured, General, Import, Import Review, Import Rides, Rides, Subaru by MrAngry | April 17th, 2012 | 5 Responses |

2013 Subaru BRZ

Not long ago I said the new 2013 Subaru BRZ was well… slow, and by looking at its performance numbers it somewhat is. 0-60 mph comes up in 7.3 seconds and 1/4 mile shows up in 15.3. I did however mention that its 60-0 distance was respectable at 114-feet, as was its 69.9 mph slalom speed. Well, last week at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway I had a chance to flog the 2013 Subaru BRZ around the racetrack and let me just say that I was wrong – well, I was kinda’ wrong. You see the BRZ may not be the fastest car on the block but HOLY SHIT was it fun to drive. It’s high-speed turn in was great, it’s got great brakes, wonderful steering feel and even when equipped with the auto transmission and paddle shifters it delivered more track enjoyment than cars 3 times the price. In fact I was so blown away by this little bugger that I managed to wrangle myself 2 sessions in it.

The cars interior didn’t disappoint either. The buckets were firm and supportive and at 6’4″ and 240 lbs with a helmet on, I managed to fit in the BRZ with no problem. What needs to happen now (and I’m sure it will) is that we need to see an STI version. Seriously, if that car came equipped with another 100 hp, a nice set of Brembo’s and some bigger rubber Subaru would have one vicious little hot rod on their hands.

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5 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    I’m glad you’ve seen the light lol

  2. Set says:

    Well now, you may have just swayed my opinion. This car, originally, seemed like a sure thing. Then, when they released the production figures, it was more disappointing than a pushup bra. But, if you give it a thumbs up, I may have to drive the sucker before I buy a Hyundai Genesis.

  3. Eric says:

    Judging the car soley on test track / HP #’s is a terrible way to go about evualuating a car. Take the Mazda MX-5, it’s not as fast as most sports cars but it’s one of the most fun / rewarding cars to drive of all time. The Subura BRZ will like the MX-5 be one of the best driver’s cars out there as well. But no! The BRZ is way “over priced” because it has only 200hp / takes 6.3 seconds to reach 60mph… People who judge cars like this have NO IDEA what they’re talking about plain and simple.

    The Subura BRZ doesn’t need more power. At its current power to weight ratio its pretty much perfect for being a fun daily driver. More power would just mean screwing up its F/R weight distribution and not being able to run through the gears before breaking the local speed limits all the time. You’d only be able to open it up in little short burst at a time which is lame / boring. There’s a good reason for why high powered cars arent as fun to drive on a daily bases where’s cars like the MX-5 / S2K / BRZ are a blast.

    I’d take the slower but more fun to drive car over the car that is merely quick every time. It’s amazing how ignorant society has become in evualuating the value of a truly great sports car. Most think it’s ALL about the “numbers” when in reality this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Hopefully the ignorance will be cured so that manufactures go back to creating more truly great to drive sports cars such as the BRZ. People have been brainwashed into thinking “more” is somehow always better but of course this is NOT the case obviously.

  4. Eric says:

    Those 7.3 / 15.3 figures are from Edmunds (notoriously slow)

    Motor Trend recorded a 6.3 0-60 / 14.9 quarter not that it matters as the BRZ is more fun to drive than just about ANY car south of 60k right up there with the Mazda MX-5, Porsche Boxster / Cayman. The 370Z, Genesis coupe, Mustang won’t even be in the same ball park where it matters in being a driver’s car. Just wait until they’re compared in best driver’s car / best handling car comparisons… The Subaru BRZ like the MX-5 finish FAR ahead of ANY of the far more powerful budget sports cars such as the one’s I listed with the EVO X being the exception. The thing with the EVO X though is that it cost far more to maintain while not being much if any more fun / rewarding than the MX-5 / BRZ. I feel truely sorry for people who purchase cars based on 0-60 / 1/4 times.

  5. wewillywinky says:

    I have a FRS..not much difference between the two other than a outrageous price for the top of the like BRZ and let me add it isn’t a turbo upgrade either.just some interior differences.Iam really disappointed in the subaru Version.heard they are doing a STI but it also will not be turbo?..there are companys out there like HKS who already did a turbo kit for these cars(installed on my FRS)..why cant Fuji figure out how to turbo these things..adding a turbo to this car makes it a rear wheel drive beast