2013 Subaru BRZ: Put Forza Down And Go Drive
August 30, 2012
Summer's almost done. A few months from now a lot of great driving roads will be covered with rain and snow and grit. Best get a move on then. Live a little. Put down the Xbox controller and the Starbucks Lime Refresher. Pick out a route on a map, or Google Maps even. Requirement: minimal amount of straight lines. Now go drive.
I did indeed pick a route and go drive in our BRZ yesterday. Nothing too adventurous. Just a few hours out to get away from the desk and computer. Yeah, it's nice when you can classify this kind of thing as "work." But do it anyway.
Sometimes a new car's reality doesn't live up to its hype. But the BRZ/FR-S pretty much does. This thing is just cool. It revs cleanly, snarling past 4,500 rpm. The brakes bite when needed. Its solid shifter lets you know you're dealing with a machine, yet the BRZ flows through corners like Lindsey Vonn working alpine gates. First time driving a rear-wheel-drive car? No problem. The BRZ will talk you through it. You can leave stability control on if you want, but it's like a set of training wheels. Turn it off when you're ready.
BRZ/FR-S. It's the RX-7 reincarnate. It's what Porsche would build if it ever built a $25,000 sports car. It's what Honda should be building. But no, it's a Toyobaru, a name and spawn so weird that if you didn't know any better you'd swear it once battled Godzilla and Mothra in Tokyo Bay.
I'm a fan. And I want to head back out again.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor