Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Hot Coupe Races out the Door; the BRZ Is a Handsome Little Coupe. Grant Edwards Takes a Look

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Hot Coupe Races out the Door; the BRZ Is a Handsome Little Coupe. Grant Edwards Takes a Look

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Model: Subaru BRZ.

Details: Two-door four-seat rear-wheel drive coupe.

Engine: 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed Boxer generating maximum power of 147kW @ 7000rpm and peak torque of 205Nm @ 6600rpm

Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

CO2: 181 (m) / 164 (a)

Performance: 0-100kmh in 7.6 seconds (man), 8.2 (auto); top speed 226kmh (m), 210kmh (a).

Bottom line: From $37,150 (m) $39,730 (a) drive-away.

EXPECTATION can be partnered with extreme pressure.

Meeting anticipation can be difficult when hopes are lofty. Luckily the Subaru BRZ has broad and muscular shoulders.

Since its launch last year, plaudits have been falling at the BRZas tyres.

Honours have been shared with Toyotaas 86 a the two Japanese carmakers joined forces in the sports caras development.

It broke Subaruas all-wheel drive mould, creating a rear-wheel drive coupe, but in the process reinvigorated driving excitement.

And Australians answered the call. Proving if you built it, they will comea[degrees]or click. The BRZ was made available for sale online and the initial batch of 201 sold out within three hours. An additional allocation has boosted numbers, but the BRZ wait is still about eight months.

Comfort

There is little doubt of its sporting characteristics. Sitting low, climbing in and out of the BRZ can take some effort.

Bucket sports seats up front are wonderfully supportive in all directions and keep you nicely planted. The driver has manual seat height adjustment along with telescopic steering wheel movement.

A small leather-clad sports steering wheel and the red on black dials colour scheme resonates with the driving experience, in a cabin which is basic yet functional.

On the road

Nothing short of outstanding. The BRZ is wonderfully balanced and a joy to drive. …

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