Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Something I Didn't Need to See...

Was this: Subaru BRZ


Damn, but that's a right nice looking car. Seats 4. Gets mid- 30s on the highway, mid- 20s around town - pretty much triple what the Earthf**ker gets. Subaru has a pretty good reputation for reliability and longevity (I see a LOT of early 1990s Legacys still rolling around town).

Besides, I kinda like the idea of encouraging Subaru to make sportier cars, considering the last nice one they made was the SVX...

I'm still not in the market for a new vehicle. Yet. I'm waiting until the end of next year, when the Elio is supposed to come out. The Earthf**ker is still running well ([knocks on wood frantically]). I love everything about the Elio as a daily commuter, and it's priced at a point that would allow me to keep the truck as well.

If for whatever reasons the launch is delayed, though, I will start looking for the next vehicle. The Earthf**ker is 7.5 years old now and starting to show its age, and I'd rather trade in it while it's still worth something. At this point, too, it'd be nice to upgrade to something that gets better gas mileage and is easier to drive around town, too...

Hmm; I wonder if I could fit it in the garage with the Harley...

That is all.

12 comments:

Laura said...

it's a Subarota. Toyota and Subaru got together to design that thing. each has their own version.

looks great, decent engine, expensive.

ZerCool said...

Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S.

If you have Netflix, check out Top Gear (UK) S19E3; they touch on it.

LCB said...

Seats 4??? Like my 78 Trans Am used to seat 4? Bwahahahahahaha

AllenF said...

Darn, I thought we had a sporty AWD. Nerts.

Armed Texan said...

I've been seeing one scoot around here in Southern Cow Hampshire and do want. When the weather is optimal it looks like a lot of fun to drive. With RWD and skinny wheels, suboptimal means it will be fun to ski down the highway.

Jennifer said...

Ooh! Pretty

lelnet said...

It's a beautiful car, no question.

But do keep in mind that you really need scare quotes around the "4" in "seats 4".

But still, even pointing that out gives me the urge to figure out what the car equivalent would be of the old line "wouldn't kick her out of bed for setting me on fire". Because a car that beautiful, from a company that makes reliable stuff? Yeah...want. Whatever its faults.

Anonymous said...

I've already promised myself a used one as a retirement gift. Car & Driver loves it and rates it more fun than supercars from Lamborghini and McLaren.

It's a joint venture by Subaru and Toyota. Subaru contributed the 200bhp flat-four engine and driveline and Toyota developed the chassis.

Al_in_Ottawa

Jay G said...

It only really needs to fit one in the back seat. I need it to be able to haul both kids without the Mrs. (if we're going somewhere as a family we take her large SUV, of course).

I'd hesitate to buy one used, though, simply for the "did they beat the hell out of it?" factor.

I *did* own a used GTI, for cryin' out loud...

Sendarius said...

I would only accept a forced induction version, rumoured to be coming.

A colleague has one, and <150 kw hauling around a >1.3 tonne car just doesn't cut it as a sports car - 7.6 seconds to 100 km/h is nothing to rave about.

That said, it surely is pretty. :)

Stingray said...

The "4" seats well touched on already, a close friend here has one of these and I've gotten to play with hers a bit. (Archer: PHRASING!)

The thing is a go-kart. Finding the power band, you're going to be rowing the shifter like you're in a lifeboat about to go over Niagra falls, but it goes *anywhere* you point it. Ground clearance is measured in microns, so the center of gravity means you're glued down. Balance is great, steering is responsive as hell. You basically think about the line you want and you're on it.

You could definitely do worse.

Robert said...

You should see the one they put a corvette engine in. (The vette engine is actually physically smaller than the original engine).