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2014 Subaru BRZ Limited 6-Speed Manual Quick Spin 15
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Subaru BRZ, Automotive, Scion FR-S, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, Test Drives on 01 15th, 2014
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The new 2014 Subaru BRZ enters into its second year continuing to signify a return of an affordable rear-wheel-drive sports car winning over enthusiasts and those outside of the enthused spectrum seeking economical yet sporty transportation.

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The only change for the 2014 Subaru BRZ Limited trim start and end exclusively with new standard smartphone integration. The clever use of the intelligent key system (keyless access) and pushbutton start for the Subaru BRZ Limited keeps things polished yet simplified. Additionally, the BRZ’s automatic climate control with dual climate zones remains to be a nice touch to add a premium perception to the compact rear-wheel-drive sports coupe.

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The 2014 Subaru BRZ maintains its sporting duties making due with its 2.0-liter direct-injection boxer 4-cylinder engine producing 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 ft-lbs. of torque 6,400 rpm. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

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My quick spin in the new 2014 Subaru BRZ 6-speed manual characterized itself around its remarkable handling abilities. Although, for obvious reasons, the BRZ is not much of a straight-line performer, it is a vehicle you can push to its cliff-hanging limits without getting into much trouble. At the mercy of its 17-inch Michelin Primacy HP tires, which howl and bark in celebration to how much fun you can have in the BRZ, the well-balanced chassis proves to be competent even for the less-experienced enthusiast.

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The Subaru BRZ, as exclaimed in many previous assessments, proves to be the perfect foundation for a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe with untapped potential. That potential resides in a balanced chassis, Torsen limited slip differential, low center of gravity (lowest for any current production vehicle), kidney-hugging sport front seats, razor sharp steering, a manageable and predictable 2.0-liter boxer engine, and just enough feedback communicated to the driver to confidently conquer the most demanding race tracks. The foundational value can be found in hands of the numerous tuners who have successfully taken the BRZ to new heights by adding between 50 to 80 additional horsepower. The additional of such power would be the ideal performance combination when you consider how stout the chassis of the BRZ comes out of the box, further evidence in the enthusiast-derived engineering and development of the new BRZ and its Scion FR-S twin.

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Driving the Subaru BRZ begs you to break the legal confides of back roads and local highways. The lackluster power output would likely keep most from enacting the insurance claim process. The stability control and traction control’s VSC Sport mode allows you to break the rear end out just enough before things get ‘progressive’ or you need that ‘good neighbor’, ‘gecko’ or an ‘allstate stand’.

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The BRZ’s well-recognized handling abilities and sporty propensity overshadow its few shortcomings starting with the smallish backseat only good for small children and power output reemphasizing the enthusiast’s need for an additional 50 or so horsepower. On the bright end of the spectrum, the BRZ retains its economical stature getting an EPA estimated 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. During my drive of the new 2014 BRZ I found those fuel consumption figures to be rather consistent even when thrashing the little 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine that could at every bend in the road. I saw a nice return of 21.1 mpg in my flogging adventures and about 31.5 mpg on the highway.

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Adding to the economical attribute of the new 2014 Subaru BRZ is its pricing scale weighing in well under $30k at an as-tested price of $28,390 for my top-trimmed BRZ limited including a $795 destination and delivery charge.

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Copyright: 2014 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base BRZ Premium (manual transmission) $25,495.00 / As-Tested BRZ Limited 6-Speed Manual $28,390
  • Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve Boxer/Flat (horizontally opposed) 4-cylinder 200 horsepower @ 7000 rpm / 151 ft-lbs. @ 6600 rpm
  • Track: f/r-59.8/60.6in.
  • Wheelbase: 101.2in.
  • Height: 50.6in.
  • Headroom: f/r-37/35in.
  • Legroom: f/r-41.9/29.9in.
  • Cargo volume: 6.9cu.ft.
  • Fuel tank: 13.2 gallons
  • 0-60 mph: 6.4 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 22 mpg/city, 30 mpg/highway


Subaru Developing BRZ Turbo – Report 23
Oct
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Subaru BRZ, Automotive, BRZ Turbo, Kurt, News, Subaru on 10 23rd, 2012

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When Toyota and Subaru developed the FT-86 (our Scion FR-S) and the BRZ, speculation on hotter versions began before the cars hit the street. Both automakers seemed adamant that forced induction versions weren’t coming, since there wasn’t much room under-hood for turbo plumbing, a supercharger or even an intercooler of any substantial size.

The aftermarket was quick to prove them wrong, and blower kits hit the market within a few months of the cars’ release. Now comes confirmation from Automotive News (subscription required), via Autoblog, that Subaru is working on a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine for use in multiple vehicles, including an upcoming BRZ variant. That’s counter to earlier reports that a BRZ-STI would use a tuned-but-normally-aspirated engine.

The Subaru will reportedly get a twin-scroll turbo and direct fuel injection developed by Subaru, instead of the Toyota port injection system currently used on both the FR-S and BRZ. Output is expected to be in the range of 280 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, which will go a long way towards improving the car’s performance. While current versions make 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, they simply don’t feel that fast in a straight line.

The turbocharged BRZ could appear late in 2013 as a 2014 model. There’s no word yet on price, but we’d expect an STI version of the BRZ (with the turbo engine, bigger brakes, suspension mods and other upgrades) to sticker at around $7,500 more than a base model.







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