Grown To Enjoy The Way It Sounds - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Grown To Enjoy The Way It Sounds

May 8, 2013

2013 Subaru BR-Z

The first time I drove our 2013 Subaru BRZ, I was underwhelmed by the way the engine sounded. Since the BRZ has a 2.0-liter flat-4 under the hood, I was expecting that it would have a syncopated exhaust burble like the Subaru Impreza WRX. Instead, my first impression was that the BRZ's engine just sounded like a normal four-cylinder, albeit a high-revving one.

But now that I've spent plenty of time with our car, I've come around to appreciating the way the car sounds.

Part of the issue is that the BRZ's engine and exhaust notes don't immediately blow you away with awesomeness (like our long-term SLS AMG's V8 will). But there's some unfiltered mechanical honesty to the way it sounds that you pick up on after spending some time with the car. Just putting around town, you hear the gears meshing at low rpm, which I've come to find pretty cool. But my favorite is how there's a nice fizzy snarl that happens right around 4,000 rpm. This second stage, not unlike the Civic Si of yore had, eggs you on to let the revs keep climbing higher.

For a small, affordable and modest four-cylinder sports car like this, the BRZ's sound is ideal, I've decided.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 14,345 miles


  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    The sound of gears meshing?

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    I'm not with you there. The Civic Si had a way more exciting exhaust note (and kick... yo) than the BRZ does and doesn't fall flat at high revs. The Toyobaru's engine is probably the only real letdown (other than the lack of a lift-back) to what's otherwise a pretty balanced car. Heck, I thought Toyota's old 1.8 liter in the Celica GT-S had more "drama", even if it's an overall weaker engine.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Good to read that sound from the engine is acceptable. I was most worried from early reviews that suggested this engine is not very special, which would be disappointing in a sports car.

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