Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Car Pr0n #112

Four weeks left...


2012 Subaru BRZ. Subaru's joint venture with Toyota (Scion) to produce a lightweight, rear-drive quasi-sports car. It made the short list of non-SUVs that interested me when I was replacing the Earthf**ker, so I've checked the BRZ out a little bit. There were two reasons why it didn't make the cut: First, I have two human-sized children. The "back seat" is not suitable. Second, I drive an hour each way in bumper-to-bumper traffic every day. There's no way I'd do that with a manual transmission.

And getting a BRZ with an automatic is just wrong...

For slightly more than $25K, you get a 200 HP motor and a 6-speed transmission in a rear-wheel drive car that'll hit 0-60 in just a little over 6 seconds. Damn. If they come out with a convertible version, the folks at Mazda are going to be scared. As it is, it's an economical, reliable alternative to the Camaro/Mustang/Challenger. It's smaller, easier to handle, gets WAY better gas mileage, and handles better. It's a half-a-tick slower than the V8 counterpart, but at $10K less and with Subaru reliability.

There's a LOT to like about that...

That is all.

6 comments:

Stretch said...

Do they make it in 46 X-Long?

Bradley said...

I drove my buddies BRZ with a turbo added, and damn thats a damn fun drifty car. they handle great, but need a touch more power, the turbo fixes that, it was a stock turbo off of another subie it was at full boost well before 2.5Krpm. stupid fun little car.

Old NFO said...

Yep, it definitely could be a Miata challenger... :-)

Mark Matis said...

What do you have against looking like Mr. Incredible driving his car, Stretch? Not Superheroish enough for you?
}:-]

ravenshrike said...

For between an additional 8k and 13k+cost of driving to CT, you could upgrade it to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puErFrsmM5E


Mike W. said...

Jay, I know it's horrible, but I'm seriously considering a Scion FR-S (damn near same car as the BRZ)

.... and it'll be an automatic.