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Grip : GRIP July 2012
WHAT’S IN THE PRESS GRIP EARLY BRZ DRIVES IMPRESS THE CRITICS THE BRZ road tests are already in the media, thanks to a number of selected outlets getting embargoed drives on Subaru’s latest dynamo. It’s seems as though they liked the experience, but we’ll let them do the talking. —————— “There’s certainly no reason why the Subaru BRZ – standing for Boxer Rear-wheel-drive Zenith – can’t become as much of a cult car as the WRX.” Jez Spinks – Caradvice —————— We drove the BRZ immediately after a top spec 86 auto, an entry manual and before the near perfect Porsche 911. The BRZ has the best electric steering set up to be had, ever so slightly meatier than the Toyotas and perceptibly more connected just off centre than the $230,000 Carrera. A bit special then. Paul Pottinger – Cars Guide, News Limited —————— There are faster cars, more refined cars and cheaper cars, but as a value package to put a smile on the dial, the new rear-drive Subaru BRZ is hard to beat. Ron Hammerton, GoAuto —————— If you’re a Subaru tragic or the Toyota-branded effort simply doesn’t float your boat, then jump online and buy yourself a BRZ. It’s an absolutely cracking way to spend $40K, and is one of the few cars on the market at this price that’s this entertaining straight out of the box. Matt Brogan, CarPoint Please don’t drive this car. You won’t be able to get one till at least next year and you’ll really want it yesterday. Paul Pottinger – Cars Guide, News Limited —————— It’s the kind of steering that is so pure that it’s appreciated at all times and at all speeds. Jez Spinks – Caradvice —————— But it’s the way it teams with the car’s beautifully balanced body and low centre of gravity that makes it sing. Peter McKay – Drive, Fairfax —————— The BRZ is brilliant, addictive and deeply depressing. You need to drop six figures to find something comparable or better - Mazda’s able but ageing MX-5 is finally surpassed, but then so for sheer driving pleasure are cars with badges like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Paul Pottinger – Cars Guide, News Limited —————— Steering is sharp and responsive, the brakes are excellent and there’s a precise gearshift action that we dream about. Peter McKay – Drive, Fairfax —————— Head for a twisting section of bitumen and the BRZ displays a terrific rear-drive balance – sitting beautifully composed on its outer-rear wheel as you turn into corners. Jez Spinks – Caradvice Check out the Subaru website subaru.com.au INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE FHI NEWS DEALERSHIPS BRZ - ORIGIN BRZ - MARKETING WHAT’S IN THE PRESS BRZ - ACCESSORIES CLUB SPEC WRX NEWS WHO’S WHO AT SUBARU DEALER STATS
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