BRZ on GMR - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Limited: BRZ on GMR

December 31, 2012

2013 Subaru BRZ Limited

I took our 2013 Subaru BRZ Limited to Glendora Mountain Road over the long holiday weekend. Of course, the one morning I had free for a strafing run on this fabulously twisty piece of tarmac, the surface was wet from the previous night's rain.

No matter, if anything it just made it more exciting.

Unfortunately, there were some thick blankets of fog to slow me down, but in general the BRZ and I had the road to ourselves. Rain keeps the cyclists and other motorists away.

I was thoroughly impressed with the precision and sports-car competence of the BRZ, as I kinda figured I would be. In the wet-to-drying conditions, the tires provided excellent and very consistent grip levels. You could really dive the car into corners hard, and the front would hang on pretty well before it would start to push.

2013 Subaru BRZ Limited

With admittedly less than an abundance of power on tap, there was a high level of rear grip exiting the corners, too. Its lack of power helps it as a rain car, since things are unlikely to get drastically out of shape in a hurry like in a big-motor machine. But even still, oversteer could usually be coerced with an aggressive throttle mash, something you have to try a lot harder to achieve in the dry.

Everything worked as it should: The steering was spot-on precise, brakes held up fine, seats held me in place and the pedals are perfectly-placed for easy heel-and-toeing.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 9,120 miles

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