Subaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ was designed and engineered from the ground up for performance. With pricing that starts at $25,495, the BRZ is one of the best performance deals for weekend racers or anyone who judges performance cars by how well they tackle the corners. In this way, the BRZ delivers the kind of performance bargain enthusiasts crave. It also makes plenty of sense for daily driving, with enough features to make commuters happy, plus EPA highway estimates of up to 34 mpg.

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The Subaru BRZ -- and its twin, the Toyota 86 (née Scion FR-S) -- zoomed onto the scene in 2013, giving budget-minded enthusiasts a simple, rear-wheel-drive sport coupe. With excellent handling and aggressive good looks, the BRZ is a regular at weekend autocross events and track days across America. It's one of our favorite little sports cars.

In addition to its mainstream Premium and Limited trims, the BRZ has seen a number of special edition models over its lifespan, the most recent of which is the uber-limited-production BRZ tS. It's not quite the full-on STI version some enthusiasts have been asking for, but it's definitely the most hardcore BRZ yet.

'Tuned by STI'

This isn't just a trim-and-tape job. The chassis is stiffer, thanks to the use of high-tensile steel, and two flexible V-braces are added to the engine bay, ostensibly to mitigate overall levels of powertrain vibration and harshness. Sachs dampers are fitted at all four corners, which lessens overall levels of pitch and body roll. The car's springs are 15 percent stiffer at the front and 3 percent stiffer out back, and stopping duty is handled by a set of Brembo brakes, with rotors measuring 12.8 inches up front and 12.4 inches out back. Sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires wrap each 18-inch wheel, and aerodynamics are improved. owing to aero spoilers up front and that huge, two-stage, adjustable carbon-fiber wing out back.

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The Good Exceptional handling at a bargain price.

The Bad No power upgrades means speed demons will be left unsatisfied.

The Bottom Line The Subaru BRZ tS is a rip-roaring good time, as long as you keep your velocity expectations in check.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 8
  • Design 8.5
  • Media 7

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