2013 Subaru BRZ: Slightly Different
November 22, 2012
The main dynamic differences between the 2013 Subaru BRZ and the FR-S lie in their ride and handling. I prefer the BRZ's ride and the FR-S' handling. The FR-S is sprung slightly softer in the front and stiffer in the rear. It rides a little busily in the rear as a result, a slight bobble, like it's a shade underdamped. Or something. It's not as settled or resolved as the BRZ's ride, which has a more familiar gait. Subaru's ride tuning is better.
But the FR-S' more tail-lively handling better suits the car, especially at stock power. Also, its softer front end gives the steering a more natural feel than the BRZ. It's a difference you can notice when you've got one car of each flavor readily at hand, as we do.
Really though, these differences are nuance-y, and I always look forward to driving either one. Pragmatic aspects like feature content, price, availability and dealer access are more likely to sway a decision toward one car or the other. That, and brand loyalty.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor