2013 Subaru BRZ: Grown To Enjoy The Way It Sounds
May 8, 2013
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