After what has seemed like an eternity, the Subaru BRZ finally enters the Malaysian scene. The Toyota 86‘s body double was launched this morning amidst the start of the Super GT race weekend, and is available with a six-speed auto gearbox – the six-speed manual can be had through special order.
Like its Hachi-Roku twin sister, the sports coupe packs a 2.0 litre direct-injected DOHC flat-four capable of 200 PS at 7,000 rpm and 205 Nm between 6,400 and 6,600 rpm. This allows the 1,278 kg car a 0-100 km/h time of a little over eight seconds, and a 210 km/h top speed. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are quoted at 7.1 litres per 100 km and 164 grams per km respectively.
The Subaru BRZ’s front bumper differs slightly from the Toyota 86′s. The former’s U-shaped grille contains a black plastic bar (holding the number plate) sitting above horizontal slats; the latter has a trapezoidal mesh grille. Their fog lamp housings are also differently shaped, and the Subaru’s front splitter is more pronounced.
The Subaru’s interior is trimmed in leather and Alcantara. It eschews the eye-catching colours and racy fonts of the Toyota’s gauges in favour of a more sedate white-on-black set-up with a plain background. The Subaru’s dashboard trim is light-coloured, while the Toyota’s is dark-coloured. The Subaru also gets heated front seats, which the Toyota doesn’t have.
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The Subaru BRZ sits on MacPherson struts up front and double wishbones out back, and rolls on 17-inch aluminium alloys wrapped in 215/45 rubber. Drive goes to the back wheels via a Torsen LSD and front-rear weight distribution is 53:47.
Standard equipment includes auto HID headlamps with self-levelling and pop-up washers, keyless entry and start, power folding door mirrors, shift paddles, folding rear seats, cruise control, auto dual-zone air-con, aluminium pedals and a six-speaker audio system with USB and AUX inputs. On the safety front, there are seven airbags, VSC, ISOFIX and side door reinforcement beams.
The Subaru BRZ can be had in Satin White Pearl, Sterling Silver Metallic, WR Blue Mica, Galaxy Blue Silica, Lightning Red, Dark Grey Metallic or Crystal Black Silica. The price to pay is RM247,461, on-the-road with insurance. Offered is a five-year or 100,000 km warranty.