It seemed like a good idea at the time but...
When it came time to replace my beloved 2007 Alfa GT I test-drove several new cars including the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Honda Civic RS, Hyundai Elantra Sport, Holden Insignia and Subaru BRZ. I opted for the BRZ because I didn't need a large car or one with a lot of power and it was the closest match to the Alfa GT in layout.
My BRZ came with the upgraded 152 kW motor and a very welcome 5 year warranty period but apart from that and the excellent driving position, sleek bodywork and beautiful white pearl paintwork the rest of the car was a to...tal disappointment. Problem 1: The 2.0 litre flat four engine is simply awful. It idles "like a diesel", pings unexpectedly whenever the throttle is opened and has been given a deliberately mapped flat spot right in the middle of the power and torque bands! Who designs and then builds a motor with an "engineered built-in" flat spot. Subaru - that's who. Problem 2: The engine, gearbox, tail shaft and differential mountings are completely inadequate for the work they have to do. Whether its accelerating from rest, decelerating to standstill or changing gears up or down, the harmonic motion set-up through the drive train is enough to make the driver and unfortunate passengers nauseous, dizzy and on long trips "seasick". Problem 3: Simply put - the brakes are completely inadequate given the car's power to weight ratio. The upgrade to 4 piston calipers in the tS model would be a huge help but only if the rest of the car was better and you didn't have to pay extra for something that should be standard.
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|Category||Sports Cars||Sports Cars||Sports Cars||Sports Cars|
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual||Automatic and Manual||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||18" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||8.4 L/100km||8.4 L/100km||8.6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50 L||50 L||50 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L|
|Max Power||152kW @ 7000rpm||152kW @ 7000rpm||152kW @ 7000rpm|
|Max Torque||212Nm @ 6400-6800rpm||212Nm @ 6400-6800rpm||212Nm @ 6400-6800rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2012||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2016|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2016|
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