2013 Scion FR-S & Subaru BRZ: No Wheel Buttons
August 09, 2012
I was chatting with a Japanese Toyota rep during the Lexus LS launch this week and he told me that FR-S/BRZ chief engineer Tetsuya Tada insisted that there be no buttons on the Toyabaru's steering wheel. It was to be a real driver's car with a simple, perfectly designed wheel unfettered with Bluetooth, radio and trip computer controls.
I think he made the right call. Our BRZ's touchscreen stereo interface and its lack of physical track/preset skip buttons mean that wheel controls would be useful, but that's somebody else's fault. The wheel is indeed simple and perfectly designed. Bravo.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,729