Subaru reveal BRZ specification, but not pricing

Subaru have revealed the UK specification for the much anticipated BRZ coupe, the twin to Toyota’s GT 86. However, whilst Toyota have revealed pricing but been vague on specifications, Subaru have gone the other way and revealed details of equipment but failed to mention price.

Despite that, the new 2+2 coupe has already generated high levels of interest at dealerships, with many customers placing orders before pricing and standard equipment have been announced.

Now those buyers can see what they’re getting for their money, and Subaru have been quite generous. The top specification model will come with a torque-sensing LSD, 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry, MP3 connectivity, dual-zone climate control and LED daytime running lights. The driver-focussed BRZ will also come with Subaru’s VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) and can be fitted with either a six-speed short-shift manual or paddle-operated automatic transmission.

A stripped out version will also be made available later in the year. Pictures have already been seen of cars with unpainted bumpers, cheap wheels and thin steering wheels, ready for buyers to modify their cars; it remains to be seen if those truly stripped out versions will make it here.

The BRZ shares its chassis and engines with Toyota’s GT 86, being powered by a 200 bhp 2.0 litre boxer engine, weighing in at circa 1,200 kg and having a near perfect 53/47 weight distribution.

Early drives suggest this will be a cracking car, although Toyota’s price of £24,995 puts the car up against some serious opposition, including BMW’s 125i M Sport coupe and Volkswagen’s Scirocco 210 GT. A low mileage Nissan 370Z or even Porsche Cayman could also provide stiff competition.

However, as with all new Subaru’s, the BRZ will be available with the three-year Everything Taken Care of (ETCo) aftercare package, which offers a host of potential benefits worth over £7,000, free-of-charge. Benefits include Minor dent and scratch repairs, alloy wheel repairs, annual valet, service collection and delivery and more. Subaru ETCo will be offered in addition to Subaru’s three-year (60,000-mile) manufacturer’s warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion bodyshell cover and three-year paintwork warranty.

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