Is the 2012 Subaru BRZ a Purer Approach to Performance?

What’s the lowdown with the 2012 Subaru BRZ?

We all have our own ideas about what constitutes a great sports car. If you’re looking at the Subaru stable for car lease deals on a rally replica, you’ll probably find what you’re looking for in the form of the Impreza WRX. For those with a more refined view of what constitutes a great car, it’s coupe all the way and the Subaru model to look at is the 2012 Subaru BRZ.

In terms of comparisons, the 2012 Subaru BRZ lines up on the starting grid with the likes of the Audi TT and Toyota GT86. So why do I need to take a look at Subaru’s offering? Three reasons: an outstanding ride, great looks (both outside and in) and realistic ownership costs. These combine to make the 2012 Subaru BRZ a pretty tempting prospect.

An outstanding ride


Subaru BRZ

2012 Subaru BRZ

What makes everything happen on the 2012 Subaru BRZ is a 2-litre 197 bhp boxer engine (the ‘B’ in BRZ). It’s capable of zero to 60 in 7.6 seconds and can take you to a top speed of 143 mph; figures that might look pretty much par for the course if you’ve done your homework on the stats of other cars in this class. To concentrate solely on the figures would be rather missing the point with the BRZ though: it’s the way this particular car drives that deserves the attention.

The controls are just right in terms of responsiveness – whether you opt for the bright-as-a-button six-speed manual gearbox or the paddleshift automatic. The steering is delicate but not overly so – and there’s a feeling of reassurance and quality when you depress the aluminium-plated pedals.

The ‘R’ in this car’s name refers to rear-wheel drive – and rest assured, there’s certainly no complaints on the handling front. The ‘Z’ stands for Zenith: the pinnacle of rides – and it’s safe to say you’d be hard pressed to better the experience if you’re looking for car leasing deals in this class.

Great looks (both outside and in)

On the exterior, this car bears more than a passing resemblance to the Toyota GT86 so it will come as no surprise to learn that Toyota supplied the exterior design as part of a joint venture. In fact, the only difference on the outside can be found on the front grille. At a distance, you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.


Rear View Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

Let’s face it, you don’t head straight for coupes if you’re looking for car lease deals on something suitable for carpooling with more than one colleague: there is a couple of rear seats – although you wouldn’t want to be a rear passenger for any length of time. Fold down the rear seats and you can extend the 243-litre boot to live 1270-litres of storage space.

The driver is presented with a clean and simple steering wheel, unencumbered by the type of button controls that might distract you from enjoying the ride. Over-complication has been avoided on the controls as well and distractions have been further kept at bay by the addition of a low-gloss finish on the dashboard to keep windscreen glare to a minimum.

Realistic ownership costs

Expect to part with a sum in the region of £25,000 if you’re considering outright purchase – although you can of course avoid the sting of heavy initial outlay by considering the various car lease deals out there.

Take a look at the pricing of the 2012 Subaru BRZ’s competitors and you’ll find that it’s very well positioned price wise. This is especially the case when you consider that Subaru has thrown in pretty much everything that you’d want as standard. This includes the likes of 17-inch alloys, sports seats, auto headlamps with pop-up washers, a decent 6-speaker stereo and dual climate control. You don’t even have to pay extra for those nice aluminium pedals or for the leather trim around the steering wheel. Cruise control and Hill Start Assist are also included.

Once you’ve got your 2012 Subaru BRZ back home, the further good news is that you don’t have to pay through the nose to keep it ticking over. This car isn’t turbocharged which should help keep fuel consumption down – and Subaru’s figures suggest you can expect in the region of 36 mpg on the combined cycle: not at all bad in this class.

The final word

Subaru aims to get you back to enjoying the joys of motoring with this car. Would you be tempted? What’s your favourite coupe out there at the minute?

What do you think of the 2012 Subaru BRZ?

Andrew Kirkley
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