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2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Subaru

image2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

Just drove to Moab, Utah, and back in 2013 Subaru BRZ. Check out our first report on the 1,600-mile road trip.

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  • jederinojederino Member Posts: 0
    Good comment about wishing for more personality in the engine sound. That, and an engine that is rewarding for reaching various RPM thresholds throughout the range is so critical in a sports car. More important to me than outright power.
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    I believe that part of the reason for carrying more revs was the necessity of staying in lower gears due to power loss at high elevation. I'm thinking that once I'm over 5k feet elevation, with the A/C going, I'd like more outright power.
  • duck87duck87 Member Posts: 649
    I had a chance to drive this car again about two weeks ago (or rather, the FR-S), and I can confirm that at least on the stock tires, the ride is busier than the previous stiffest OEM car I had, a 2006 Civic Si. Damping was such that the "edge" was taken off bumps, but you clearly feel the butt through your road. It's somewhat close to the S2000 in this regard. It's not bad, but if you're using this as a DD I would consider different tires rather than the stock rocks.

    The noise was definitely a larger issue. I don't really have a problem with the wind noise, but tire roar and engine noise was an issue. Again, different tires would help. It wouldn't be so bad if the engine actually sounded good, but it doesn't- it just sort of moos and groans its way up to redline and it doesn't really seem to have much power at lower OR near redline. While I'm at it, the stick had short shifts and was accurate... but was extremely notchy too- there were times when I'm wondering whether I'm crunching the synchros to dust. Classic Subaru in that sense.
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