The 2013 Subaru BRZ is "one of the most rewarding cars we've ever driven" says Edmunds after subjecting the new coupe to some track time. This, despite having a 0-60 time that rivals that of some minivans – 7.3 seconds. Inside Line says those numbers are mostly due to an overactive rev limiter that forces a third-gear shift at 59.2 mph. We bet that's an early tuner fix. Also likely to be improved with an aftermarket reflash is the 15.3-second quarter-mile time.

So you won't be winning many stoplight drag races in box-stock form, but as we all know, there's far more to a fun car than just straight-line numbers. According to IL, "the BRZ offers a level of engagement that, until now, has been either too costly or too impractical for the average enthusiast." They even go so far as to compare the BRZ's overall character to a Lotus Exige and the beastly Porsche 911 GT3(!).

No, the BRZ can't hang with either of those hardcore Europeans, but Inside Line says its balanced mixture of handling, cost, every day usability, and practicality make for "a perfect balance between date nights and track days." Check out the video after the jump.


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      MedioGringo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow that's slower than my Mini was. Oh well, at least it's RWD.
      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, lots of comments. "It's slow and therefore sucks." "It's slow but blessed with other, more important qualities and therefore does not suck." Thus proving that these numbers do not matter. Lovers or haters, it doesn't seem like anyone's opinion of the car has changed. Corollary: "Fun" is subjective.
      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Slow car fast is what this vehicle is all about. I had a 335 and it was too much for the road. Couldn't get past a few revs without seriously breaking the speed limit and cornering limits were deadly fast - too much grip. This car allows an enthusiast to explore limits in every day street driving and as James May says in a recent Top Gear, that is when a car becomes interesting. I remember test driving a 325 with standard tires as being the most fun because of how easily it rotated. A car with infinite grip is a car that is no fun.
      Wisea**
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of my all time favorite cars was a 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, and I thought this would be a nice car to play with. Although I'm underwhelmed by it's 0-60 compared to the others in this price category, I'll still head out for a test drive. That being said, I'm definitely leaning more towards the "rumored" turbo/supercharger before I get the checkbook out.
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Motor Trend did the following: 0-60mph - 6.4s 1/4 mile - 14.9s @ 95.5mph Skidpad - 0.90g http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1203_2013_subaru_brz_limited_first_test/index.html
      Joey Franklin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've owned a couple S14 240's, most of you seem to forget that car was almost 25k in the late 90's and only had 155hp. This car will do ok but i dont care for the styling, the first concept was great but they made it worse with each version after.
      Herp-a-Derp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rather have a miata.
      sundude
      • 2 Years Ago
      The BRZ (aka FR-S) reminds me of the old Nissan 240SX (aka Silvia). A sharp-handling, well-balanced RWD 2+2 coupe that had enough power for spirited driving. I would certainly test drive one of these, to judge for myself how satisfying it is. But if I had to guess, I think these cars are going to end up being strong sellers for Subaru and Scion.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Monday morning at 11am and we are at 443 comments. That has to be an AB record. Still laughing at all of the morons calling this car slow. Inside Line has ALWAYS posted the slowest times out of all of the publications. I said it way down in the comments, but Car and Driver clocked a apparently clocked 6.2 second 0-60 time, and that is pretty damn good.
        bazinga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        NO THAT ACCELERATION IS STILL A JOKE IF I DON'T GET TO 60MPH IN 5 SECONDS OR LESS THEN I'M A DEATH TRAP TO OTHER VEHICLES ON THE ROAD!! The same way people don't understand the hype of surrounding the BRZ/FR-S, I don't understand their bend on acceleration and 0-60 times. Is it really necessary to own a car with an excess of horsepower that you can't use on public roads? Since when was 200hp not enough? How much horsepower do people need to get to 40mph in the city and 65mph on the highway?
          Thenewblack
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bazinga
          I chalk this up to the 16 year olds on the blog.
        prettycool_huh(ಠ_ಠ?
        @NightFlight
        lol, for the price this car is extremely slow. a v6 mustang or camaro can do at least 1.5 seconds better in 1.4 mile, and 0-60, while looking WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY better, and costing less.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @prettycool_huh(ಠ_ಠ?
          [blocked]
      Rich M.
      • 2 Years Ago
      here's the thing for the mag racer time guys. 0-60 and 1/4 mile times can vary on the tester, the track, the day, the time, the weather the day before the test and during. its the same when your on a road course or even a karting track. when the track has had some runs in it, it makes all cars handle better and post better times. the same can be said with mag times. how can you explain such different times from different sources, times for the car has ranged from 6.2 to 7.3 depending on which article you read. does car and driver/motor trend have better drivers than insideline? or maybe C&D/MT had faulty gear, or maybe they got one off factory monsters, oh!, i know they had non prius tires during their test. most of the articles ive read about the car they don't mention the need for more power. i would say maybe less than 10% of the articles written have said the car needs more and maybe it changes down the line when the ether wears off. 200hp on a 2700lbs car reminds me a lot of my dc2-r and that was plenty fast for me on regular roads or maybe it just sounded fast. lol
      Kelly Hatcher
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was thinking I would buy one to replace my S2000 but not after reading these specs.... seriously dissapointing.
        Danaon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kelly Hatcher
        If you're waiting for a new car to come out that will be better than your S2000 methinks you will be waiting quite a while. For what it is the S2000 is a great car.
      The Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      I haven't driven this car, but the things people are saying about it reminds me a lot of the RX-8. The RX-8 is also an exceptional driver's car. But having a 2.0L boxer engine in the Subaru should mean lower maintenance and significantly fewer trips to the gas pump. And while the skidpad and slalom numbers aren't exactly bad, they should really improve with some grippier and wider tires. Cars like the Subaru STI and Mitsubishi Evo were basically fitted with some of the most aggressive summer tires around. But the Michelin Primacy HP's this thing comes with are more of a grand touring summer tire with 240 UTQG. And at only 215mm wide, there's not much rubber there.
        Deslock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Steve
        The RX8 was an absolute blast and the FT86, though slightly slower in a straight line, should be even more fun (with its lower weight and shorter wheelbase). If the MPG was better, the RX8 would've lasted longer. The FT86 is efficient enough that MPG shouldn't be viewed as a drawback (though it's not good enough to be much of a selling point either, at least for the MT).
        Indubitably
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Steve
        Agreed. I think 225F and 245R (or 235)would be ideal tire sizes for this car.
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