2015 Subaru BRZNow that the hype surrounding the BRZ has died down, we're left with a very pure, but pricey, sports coupe.
[NOISE] From where I sit, this Subaru is a fantastic time. It is a 2015 Subaru BRZ. A little sports car that in its very short life, went from being one of the most overhyped cars, to one of the most underrated. The time behind the wheel of Series Blue edition, to see what all the fuss is about. I don't ever wanna get out of this seat. [MUSIC] Now a lot of auto makers talk a bout a driver focused cabin when they talk about their sporty cars, but this is one of the truly driver focused interiors. Everything just falls nicely into the hand from steering wheel, the shifter. The pedals are at a nice spot for heel toeing, just a very good place to pilot this vehicle and do nothing else. There aren't even buttons on the steering wheel. Now the VRZ separates itself from the Scion with a touch screen infotainment system that's. Gonna give you navigation, HD radio, a whole lot of different bells and whistles right out of the box, and they're all in this box right here. Now, one of the nice features that the top tier BRZ models get is this little red button right here that's gonna indicate that we have push button start and keyless entry. It's a really cool convenient feature. The Subaru BRZ gets a lot of grief from the enthusiast community for being a little underpowered but at 200 horsepower and 151 pound feet of torque, I think this lightweight little sports car has enough grunt to have a really good time. Powered by this two liter, horizontally imposed four cylinder engine. That's going to mated up with a six speed automatic, or a six speed manual, as in this case, transmission. And one of the things you'll notice is that this engine is mounted very low down and very far back into the engine bay. It's going to help this car's balance. and it's going to contribute to that really good handling that we'll see in a second. This is a rewarding drive. There's enough power for the chassis, everything feels well balanced, everything falls nicely in the hand. Granted, torque's not that great. you find yourself in too tall of a gear, or in the wrong. In gear at a stoplight and you will get straight walked on by guys in Toyota Camry's. But when the road gets twisty they will not be having nearly as much fun. I mean this isn't a car that's about power. It's about balance and it's about the drive being second. can nature, the car sort of being almost telepathic. I'm getting a lot of that from here. Now it's been pointed out that there is a little bit of artificialness to this car's driving joy, it's got a great platform, for handling, but a lot of that tail out happiness that you get in the turn doesnt really come from power, it comes from the fact that the car's basically been sattled with tires that are too narrow and don't offer enough grip. [MUSIC] But while they're not outright the fastest setup, they are a lot of fun. Especially when you've got the VSC sports setting on this car, and you get a little tail happy coming out of a corner. Now, this series blue edition has, well, basically, a lot of visual upgrades. You've got a black body kit. You've got black wheels, red painted brake calipers. And they're aren't very many performance upgrades [UNKNOWN]. Unless you count the extra aerodynamics of the body kit. I don't know if it's actually worth the extra money on this particular vehicle. This is the kinda car that you wanna keep the cost low to keep things simple, to keep things sweet. Now the 2015 Subaru BRZ starts at about 25, 695. But this Series Blue Edition with all of the extra body kit and interior upgrades is gonna start at about $29,000. Add destination fees and you're looking at just a hair over $30,000 for a 200 horse power sports car. Now, for that sort of money you can get a very well-equipped V6 Ford Mustang. But now we're talking about a very different kind of vehicle. That's more power. This is more finesse. I actually think the biggest competitor to this is gonna be the Scion Twin DS FR-S, which gives you all of the driving thrills with less frills for less money. [MUSIC]