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2013 Subaru B-R-Z: Fin-al-ly!

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On: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 4:04PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2013 Subaru B-R-Z:  Fin-al-ly!

After what has felt like decades of waiting, the Toyota/Subaru sports car finally has a due date! No more hazy sketches, no more guessing numbers and figures, thankfully we can do away with the Tebow-sized hype and actually see what kind of car some of us having been saving up for.  

In Subaru guise, the BRZ looks strikingly like the offspring of a Nissan 370Z and a Hyundai Genesis coupe -- which in this case is a good thing. It sits low to the ground and sports a center of gravity a mere 18-inches off the pavement. One of the goals of this car since its conception was to be as light as possible, and at a scant 2,770-pounds, we would have to call that a success. Aerodynamic curves outside give way to a very familiar Subaru-style interior -- brushed aluminum pedals and trim pieces as well as the red-stitched seats, steering wheel and e-brake handle all give off a very sporty vibe. 

Not sporty enough? How about a tach mounted front and center on the gauge cluster to make sure you know when to pull or push that shifter, while a digital display clocks your pace through the atmosphere? Simple HVAC controls and a digital GPS/radio setup give a much more upscale feel than what the sticker says you paid for the car. 

But enough about how it looks -- what does it do you ask? Well, the all-new engine is a spritely 2.0-liter flat boxer four cylinder that sports direct-injection and a 12.5:1 compression ratio -- it wasn't long ago compression that high was only used in race cars! The mighty mini-motor makes a very respectable 200-horsepower at 7,000 rpm on its way to a 7,450 redline. Torque is about what you would expect out of a little naturally aspirated motor -- 150-pound-feet at 3,000 rpm and then again from 5,000-7,000 rpm. Although it may not provide as much torque as some may want, what that little engine gives back in fuel economy is more than gracious. Thanks to that engine and a choice of either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, the BRZ gets an estimated 30 mpg combined, which for a RWD sports car is just fantastic.

In terms of actual performance, the BRZ is well balanced with a 53/47 front/rear weight distribution split, and although a skidpad test has not been done as of yet, 0.90 g should be a very conservative estimate. In terms of acceleration, the BRZ should hit the 60 mph mark in about 6.7 seconds in manual guise, while the automatic will perform the same feat about 0.3 seconds later. Not too bad for a car that is promised to come in at about $25,000. Unfortunately, there will be not turbo model for this first edition of the BRZ -- according to engineers, it is due to space restrictions in the engine bay and a turbo literally just won't fit. But, that might all chance come the next gen BRZ in a couple years, which means by BRZ standards, now would be the perfect time to start hype about it!

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Stephy21 | 9:59AM (Fri, Jan 20, 2012)

This car does kinda look the Nissan 350Z in a way but a little different its a very nice looking cars but i dont like the interior its ugly.


Sami18 | 10:02AM (Fri, Jan 20, 2012)

Sweet car!

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