Breaking from its all-wheel-drive, brand-defining tradition, Subaru has introduced a new, rear-drive sports coupe co-developed with Toyota: the BRZ. We recently borrowed one to get our first impressions at our test track, and as you can see in the video below, our auto engineers came away smiling.
Power comes from a 2.0-liter boxer (aka flat) four-cylinder engine, producing 200 horsepower. With a price starting at $25,500 (plus $770 destination), the BRZ comes with a six-speed manual transmission. An automatic is also available. Standard equipment includes navigation system, HID headlights, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Bred for enthusiasts, the BRZ does, indeed, have room inside for the driver to wear a helmet—often required for autocross and other motorsports events. In addition, the stability control system can be turned off, enabling tail-out, oversteer hijinks, as demonstrated in the drift-filled video.
Based on our initial experience on our track, the BRZ rates off the chart on the fun scale, but we will soon purchase our own, run it through a full battery of more than 50 tests, and determine how it performs in the real world.