A dedicated following has taken a liking to the pure sports car connotations afforded by the Subaru badge.
Ashley Lazarus, marketing manager for Subaru Southern Africa, said the BRZ was appealing – as it should – to true sports car enthusiasts and those who know what the Subaru badge stands for in South Africa.
“What we are also very proud of is that we are now able to confirm that the standard performance exhaust fitted to the BRZ has been proven to deliver an increase in engine output by 7 kW,” said Lazarus. “This is a meaningful gain which further sets the BRZ apart, not only on the aural front whereby the normally-aspirated Boxer engine can be heard in all its glory, but also in the performance stakes where seconds count.”
Further to the extra power, the local BRZ range is now expanding with the addition of the BRZ 2.0 Sportshift six-speed automatic derivative. Following the already high specification level of the six-speed manual derivative, the BRZ automatic gains paddle shifters as an added bonus with an overall price premium of just R10 000.
Both Subaru BRZ models continue to feature a 2.0 litre normally aspirated four-cylinder Boxer petrol engine which produces 154 kW and 205 Nm, the six gears of either model delivering the force to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential. Standard equipment includes the performance exhaust, a rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, keyless access and starting, dual-zone climate control, seven airbags and five-mode VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control).
Retail pricing, including a three-year/100 000 km warranty and a generous five-year / 105 000 km maintenance plan: Subaru BRZ 2.0 6MT R389 900; Subaru BRZ 2.0 Sportshift 6AT R399 900.