2013 Subaru BRZ: I'd Keep the Stock Wheels/Tires
October 2, 2012
The added grip provided by the new tires on our FR-S is certainly nice. So is the fact that they don't sound like a band of screaming Comanches around every corner. However, I would ultimately stick with the stock wheels as found on our BRZ. I would also stick with the stock tires, or at least something similar.
The reason? As is, the BRZ strikes an ideal balance (for me any way) of driver involvement, agility, comfort and road noise. The FR-S' bigger wheels and more performance-oriented rubber create more impact harshness and drown out the stereo, conversation and my own thoughts. If you were to attend a lot of track days, sure, get the wheels and tires. But, since I would almost certainly never do that, I'd stick with the stock wheels that actually look pretty cool and eventually switch to a tire that maintains similar comfort/quiet properties but doesn't squeal so readily. Besides, slipping around can actually be more fun anyways.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor