BY H. THROTTLE
This little gem has “Blue Pearl” paint with a six-speed manual transmission, a rear spoiler, and a 2.0L engine and rear-wheel drive. This two-door couple is low to the ground and is part of the Subaru family of sports cars.
The rear spoiler is a clue that this small package can really move down the highway and hit as six-gears with which to enjoy the drive. Low gear is very low and starts out slow with driver’s skill to quickly shift higher. Manual transmissions are a tough challenge in Denver’s increasing metro traffic with multiple stops and starts.
Fuel mileage is high averaging 33 mpg with the factory report indicating a 24-mpg fuel average. The engine is four cylinders, horizontally opposed, and delivers a powerful drive. Subaru may offer a turbo model, but this BRZ has plenty of spunk. Small in stature and almost no room in the backseat for passenger legs, this is a two-passenger sports car with a small trunk.
Made entirely in Japan, the BRZ has a performance package of Brembo brakes, front struts and rear shock absorbers, which puts the price at $29,660.
The standard rear-wheel drive model has a Torsen limited-slip rear differential and 17-inch wheels. The BRZ rides very low to the ground and corners and drives with precision.
The car comes complete with LED lights, including fog lights.
The summer high-performance tires will have to come off for any winter time rear-wheel driving. A very small jockey box inside the driver’s door is very inadequate. The entire cabin of the car is very compact with comfortable bucket seats with manual controls.
Highlight of driving the BRZ is the excitement of really driving the spirited car and using all six-gears in the driving experience. The car really cruises down E-470 at a high speed with perfect control and perfection.
These cars are for younger drivers who like a challenge.
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