How much does the Subaru BRZ cost?
Relatively cheap pricing was partly the reason for the first generation Subaru BRZ's success.
This iteration is similarly compelling, with an operning price of $38,990 before on-road costs for the entry Coupe with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Coupe S costs an extra $1,200 and adds alcantara and leather-finished front seats with seat heating.
According to the Subaru Australia website, the driveaway numbers are $42,699 and $43,949 respectively for buyers in the Melbourne metro area.
Default gear includes an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, with smartphone mirroring, satellite navigation and digital radio, dual-zone airconditioning and keyless entry.
Externally, there are LED headlamps and 18-inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.
Opting for the six-speed automatic transmission in either version adds a hefty $3,960. That’s well over the price difference between the two transmissions in the US and UK, but the price also incorporates a farily dramatic improvement in the BRZ's active safety systems.
The five-year warranty requires servicing every 12 months or 15,000km and costs over the five years are $2,390 for the manual and $2,474 for the auto.
How safe is the Subaru BRZ?
ANCAP has yet to test the BRZ, but buyers of the manual version shouldn't hold their breaths hoping for a five-star rating. That's down to the fact manual variants lack autonomous emergency braking and a lane departure warning. Those features account for 10 of the 16-points in ANCAP’s “safety assist” criteria.
BRZs fitted with an auto do, courtesy of the dual-camera “EyeSight” system mounted at the top of the windscreen, that also endows the self-shifting versions with adaptive cruise control.
Assuming the structural rigidity withstands the physical crash tests (and Subaru prides itself on building five-star bodies), the auto is expected to earn a five-star rating.
All versions have blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, along with seven airbags.
What's it like inside the Subaru BRZ?
The interior of the BRZ is a much more amenable place to be than its predecessor.
The 8.0-inch touchscreen brings a much-needed modern touch and, even though it is not the biggest display unit ever fitted to a car, it is proportional with the compact cockpit.
The bucket seats are supportive and not hip-displacingly hard to get into. You tend to drop into a sports car's seat and the BRZ is no exception, but it isn't a contortion.
Those seats are also the way to determine whether you're looking at the Coupe or the Coupe S.
The S version adopts suede and a mix of real and fake lether, along with a heating function. For those who can't work that out, look for the red stripe on the backrest.
The rear seats are there as a secondary cargo depository. Unless you're Snow White, none of your friends will fit in those pews (and even Snow White's seven off-siders might struggle).
Boot capacity isn't huge and the spare wheel protrudes into what little space is available. The upside is that spare is a full-size alloy, rather than a temporary spare or tyre repair kit.