Squeaky Rubber - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Squeaky Rubber

May 21, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

Possibly you've heard about the BRZ's tires. You know, the 215/45R7 Michelin Primacy HP rubber it shares with the JDM Toyota Prius Sport Package? These rock-hard pizza cutters keep the Subaru BRZ's limits low and its fun factor fairly high.

They also squeal. A lot.

Without provocation the tires are constantly letting loose with some kind of squeak or squeal. Paint on the road only amplifies the noise. It gives away any fun you might be having. And it's obnoxious. But at least you're never actually going that fast.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor


  • always hate the cringe factor of pulling away from a 4 way stop as a cop pulls up and the tires let out a scream when they hit the painted "stop" letters.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    A Focus ST or MS3 comes with a pretty good set of summer tires. A GTI comes with pretty good all-season tires (PZero Neros - make the dealer swap if your chosen car has the Dunlops on it...). Those are included in the price of the car. What are these Primacys good for? They are not a summer compound, but they are no good as all-seasons because of the summer tread pattern. So they're no good as summer tires, no good as all-season tires and of course no good as winter tires. So to the price of the car, you have to add...for a half-decent set of summer or HP all-season tires, plus tax and/or shipping, plus mounting and balancing...say $800 to $1,000. This car is really not that powerful; it's supposed to be all about the handling...but then they handicap the handling (and the braking) from the factory. What?

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    These tires are supposed to "up" the fun factor and explorable limits. I'm all for that, particularly if they prove durable for many miles and occasional track days. Will we learn about that here?

  • bobdevo bobdevo Posts:

    What a pathetic [non-permissible content removed] Jacquot is. Put on other other tire, idiot.

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