Introduction

This was a given. Redesigned for the 2022 mannequin yr and already carrying round a 10Best trophy, the brand new Subaru BRZ was a shoo-in for a long-term go to, particularly now that it is imbued with extra energy and refinement than the 2013 BRZ we last subjected to a 40,000-mile test. This is 2839 kilos of inexpensive rear-wheel-drive enjoyable. Meat-and-potatoes driving enjoyment. Why’d we decide the BRZ over its also-fresh Toyota GR86 counterpart? That’s a more durable name, however this platform continues to be the Subaru engineering staff’s child. That the BRZ additionally rides higher on crappy Midwestern roads than the Toyota and is barely much less tail-happy in corners ought to make it that a lot simpler for us to get pleasure from over the subsequent yr or so.

Subaru makes it easy for drivers to configure their BRZ. All variations function a significantly stiffer chassis and a 2.4-liter flat-four good for 228 horsepower—a 23-hp improve over the earlier 2.0-liter mill. More importantly, the brand new engine’s meatier 184 pound-feet of torque now peaks at a decrease 3700 rpm, leading to smoother energy supply. A Torsen limited-slip differential is customary, as is likely one of the most satisfying six-speed handbook setups accessible. Fine by us.

2023 subaru brz limited

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The BRZ’s Premium trim stage begins at $29,615, underscoring this automobile’s budget-conscious positioning. An intuitive 8.0-inch touchscreen, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone computerized local weather management, keyless entry, a push-button ignition, and different niceties are all included. But we might’ve been silly to not step as much as the $32,115 Limited, if just for the 18-inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer time tires that change the bottom automobile’s 17-inch Michelin Primacy HP rubber. The heated entrance seats, blind-spot monitoring, and microsuede upholstery with purple distinction stitching that the Limited additionally provides are a welcome bonus. The BRZ’s optionally available six-speed computerized transmission, which comes with a set of Subaru EyeSight driver aids, was by no means thought-about, although we did determine to tempt destiny with roadside tax collectors by choosing brilliant Ignition Red paint (without charge).

An early street journey from Michigan to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in assist of our Lightning Lap occasion knocked out our automobile’s 1000-mile break-in interval and helped set up its present 26-mpg common gasoline financial system—4 mpg higher than its EPA mixed estimate. We additionally ran it on our 75-mph freeway route, the place its 31-mpg outcome topped its federal ranking by an identical quantity.

Upon its preliminary go to to the take a look at monitor, a tire-spinning launch punted the BRZ to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and thru the quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds at 102 mph, making it a few second faster than its predecessor in each measures. It additionally posted a stable 0.95 g of grip across the skidpad and stopped from 70 mph in 162 ft and from 100 mph in 318 ft. We’re greater than happy with this up to date automobile’s bang for the buck. “It solely took 5 miles to reconvince me that this can be a unbelievable sports activities coupe,” stated senior technical editor Dave Beard, who added that he “110 p.c would purchase one.”

Some acquainted nits have already cropped up within the BRZ’s logbook. Though it’s nicer and extra snug inside than earlier than, this up to date automobile’s steering column nonetheless does not telescope so far as some taller drivers would love. And the intimate cabin—whereas pleasantly simple when looking apexes—is stingy on helpful locations to stash our stuff throughout commutes. At least folding down the rear seats ought to assist it swallow an additional set of tires and wheels for monitor days, which we look ahead to confirming.

2023 subaru brz limited

Michael Simari|Car and Driver

Substantial street and engine noise contained in the automobile—91 decibels at full throttle, 74 decibels at 70 mph—are also part of life with the BRZ. While the tune that the brand new 2.4-liter engine sings is simple sufficient on our ears, these sound measurements are even louder than what we recorded in our previous-gen long-termer, which we stated was “100 kilos of sound deadening materials away from greatness.” A chunk of that elevated noise stems from the faux engine be aware the brand new automobile performs by means of its stereo audio system—a function Subaru does not allow you to management, although the proprietor’s handbook does be aware that your vendor can deactivate the added sounds upon request. A fast web search reveals a extra sensible answer: Simply unplug the system’s management module through an entry panel on the far-right facet of the dashboard. Voilà, no extra flat-four backing monitor.

We will not know exactly how a lot that repair has muffled our Subaru’s voice till its return go to to the take a look at monitor. But our preliminary impression is that we have merely toned down the racket contained in the automobile moderately than altered its tone. Trundle down the freeway and you may barely hear the engine. Drive it arduous, although, and loads of flat-four growl can nonetheless be heard by means of the firewall. And we will all the time plug the system again in when it fits us. Next up is becoming a set of winter tires, which is not going to solely assist our BRZ survive Michigan’s annual snowpocalypse however make its rear-wheel-drive goodness much more exploitable.

Months in Fleet: 1 month Current Mileage: 3097 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 26 mpg
Fuel Tank Size: 13.2 gal Observed Fuel Range: 340 miles
Service: $0 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0
Damage and Destruction: $0

Specifications

Specifications

2023 Subaru BRZ Limited

Vehicle Type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE

Base/As Tested: $32,115/$32,115

ENGINE

DOHC 16-valve flat-4, aluminum block and heads, port and direct gasoline injection

Displacement: 146 in3, 2387 cm3

Power: 228 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 3700 rpm

TRANSMISSION

6-speed handbook

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 11.6-in vented disc/11.4-in vented disc

Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

215/40R-18 85Y

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 101.4 in

Length: 167.9 in

Width: 69.9 in

Height: 51.6 in

Passenger Volume: 77 ft3

Cargo Volume: 6 ft3

Curb Weight: 2839 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: NEW

60 mph: 5.4 sec

100 mph: 13.3 sec

1/4-Mile: 13.9 sec @ 102 mph

130 mph: 25.9 sec

Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 6.6 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 8.9 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 8.0 sec

Top Speed (C/D est): 140 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 162 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 318 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.95 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Observed: 26 mpg

75-mph Highway Driving: 31 mpg

75-mph Highway Range: 400 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Combined/City/Highway: 22/20/27 mpg

WARRANTY

3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper

5 years/60,000 miles powertrain

5 years/limitless miles corrosion safety

3 years/36,000 miles roadside help

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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