by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Grip : GRIP August 2012
BRZ ACCOLADES GRIP BRZ BUILDS BRAND’S CACHE From page 1 four-wheel-drive WRX will likely spring to mind. It’s the car that has helped define the Subaru brand for more than a decade, cementing the all-wheel-drive-only philosophy that’s created a point of difference to other mid-level brands. “But all that’s changed with the arrival of the BRZ. While low volume (about 50 cars a month), the BRZ is high impact and high energy.” It’s fair to say that Hagon loved his time behind the wheel of the BRZ. His comments on drive.com.au included: “For a car with a focus on fun driving, the BRZ ticks plenty of boxes and smashes its goal of putting a smile on your face.” And ... “From the moment you take of f the BRZ feels like your friend. It’s light and nimble and points accurately at a corner with the sort of steering precision – and feedback – that’s at the top of the sports car game.” And ... “It’s lively enough and punches well above its weight when it comes to genuinely impressive and capable dynamics that would embarrass some cars at 10 times the price. It’s a wonderfully agile and engaging machine that’s fun at any speed. More importantly, it’s a sports car without the sports car price. Yes, it’s that good.” He agrees it is not a one- dimensional car. “The beauty of the BRZ, though, is its ability to reward the driver at any speed. Even a peak hour drive home becomes more enjoyable with its ability to dart confidently around a slow corner and constantly keep the driver informed as to what the wheels and the rest of the car are up to.” Peter Barnwell, who writes for the influential News Suburban group, also commented on its “livability”. “It is a viable everyday car offering seats for four at a pinch and a reasonable load space, expandable with the rear seat back folded flat.” As does Brad Leach, from CarShowroom.com.au: “And here’s another clever bit – around town in the peak-hour commute, the Subaru BRZ ambles along unruffled and is light to drive, even when constantly crawling in first and second (unlike the local HSV and FPV products).” And then when we were trawling the clippings, we weren’t expecting to find the BRZ in the Cars Guide Prestige pages. Paul Pottinger, however, made the BRZ the star of the story in a review of the Audi RS5 Coupe. “Two spor ts coupes released within weeks of each other represent unprecedentedly polar extremes of two-door fun. One’s on the cover of this edition (Cars Guide Prestige, August 11), and the other wouldn’t normally be mentioned in the Prestige pages. “Having just returned from as legal a fang as possible to have on public roads, I’m wondering whether the Audi (RS5 Coupe) and its uber sophisticated rivals might not be able to learn something from Subaru’s BRZ? “Chalk and cheese, you say? Industrial beer to Dom Perignon? Peter FitzSimons to Robert Hughes? “Ignoring the $130,000 disparity, the game- changing Soob shows us that less can be, if not more, then enough. Autobahn- style acceleration means little unless you have a regular recourse to a track. “Certainly, I can’t claim to have any less fun in the much ‘lesser’ car. Rather more, actually.” Thanks Paul – we’ll take that as a compliment. BRZ – you’re a star! INSIDE GRIP AUGUST 2012 HOME PAGE BRZ ACCOLADES PARTS & ACCESSORIES AFTERSALES LIBERTY X WHAT’S IN THE PRESS SUBARU TRENDS DEALER STATS NPS SCORES SPORT
GRIP July 2012
GRIP September 2012