2015 Subaru BRZ

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SUZUKA CITY, Japan -- We arrive at Suzuka Circuit, home of the Grand Prix of Japan, and we're given the keys to a Subaru BRZ with a great big carbon-fiber wing and lots of little STI stickers. We figured it had to be the Subaru BRZ STI that we've been asking for, a track-bred turbocharged coupe that would be the common man's Porsche Cayman GT4.
We ran our fingers across the top of the BRZ's grille, slowly opened its hood, and … nothing. There's a cold-air intake, but no turbocharger fitted onto the exhaust manifold. This pearl-white car isn't a Subaru BRZ STI but instead a Subaru BRZ tuned by STI, and there's a big difference between the two.
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It's all about tension control
Limited-edition Subaru models badged tS (which stands for tuned by STI) have been on sale in Japan for some time now, starting with the Legacy tuned by STI in 2005. The Subaru BRZ tS and other tS models demonstrate what Subaru Tecnica International (STI) says is its core competency. This it describes as "tension control," also known as tweaking, tightening, and dialing in a chassis.
While the Subaru BRZ has one of the best-balanced chassis we've driven, the tS benefits from a range of modifications. The chassis structure is enhanced by a unique, front strut-tower brace, underbody stiffeners that compress slightly under loads, and a rear subframe support. The suspension gets stiffer springs that deliver a ride height that's lower by four-tenths of an inch, plus sportier dampers and harder bushings for the anti-roll bars. The cast-aluminum 18-inch Enkei wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and you'll find Brembo brakes. Even the driveshaft has a larger diameter.
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Tuning in the STI way
The STI engineers like to dive into what the parts actually do. The driveshaft's added girth means it's more rigid by 26 percent, which should make acceleration feel crisper and more linear through the range of engine rpm and also help the six-speed manual transmission shift slicker. The front anti-roll bar's bushings are more rigid to help reduce steering hysteresis. The front strut-tower brace has a rod-end joint in the middle, so when one side of the front suspension moves longitudinally after a jolt through a front wheel, the other side doesn't reciprocate, which helps maximize the contact patch from the front tires at all times.
The STI engineers give us detailed descriptions of cornering, maneuverability, and even yaw rates, feeding information through a Japanese-to-English translator who's constantly getting hung up on the convoluted technical terms. Then comes something about the total effect of the changes that's easy to grasp, albeit in poor English: "Whoever drives, wherever they drive, it makes you feel fine and that you're good at driving."
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Driving in the STI way
We walk into the pit lane, open the door to the white 2015 Subaru BRZ tuned by STI, and get in. No steering wheel. We get out, walk back around to the car's right side, open the actual driver's door, and get in.
There are STI badges on the steering wheel, shift knob, and ignition switch. As we speed out of the pit lane while shifting southpaw and pull onto Suzuka Circuit, we feel no differences in acceleration and gear changes brought about by the bigger driveshaft. (No surprise there, really.) At the end of the long front straight, we approach Turn 1, tap the brake pedal, and turn the BRZ tS's steering wheel.
Subaru BRZ TS Tuned By STI Interior
The turn-in action is sharper, the steering effort feels heftier, and there's a little less delay between our movements and the car's response. The Subaru BRZ tS stays flat through the corner, its Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires softly squealing. By the time we exit the corner, the words "uh oh" haven't flashed before our eyes once. So we speed up, brake less, and pitch the car hard into a challenging series of esses. The BRZ tS shifts its weight around organically as it transitions between tight left and right turns. Doing what we're doing at the pace at which we're going, a stock BRZ would be sideways.
What's going on in the engine room?
Once we're back on a straightaway, the tS feels much the same as a bone-stock 2015 Subaru BRZ. The acceleration is weak, and the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Subaru flat-four is howling in a dreadful, metallic way. A turbocharger would add power and also act as a muffler. At the far end of the track, we ease the BRZ tS into a long, long left called the Spoon Curve. As we get deeper into the turn, the BRZ tS leans more and more to the right. With a quick left snap of the steering wheel, the tires break loose and the BRZ tS slides, gliding until its right-rear tire rubs the curbing on the track's outside edge. Then we balance out the BRZ tS and start down the really long back straight, the flat-four wailing.
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Subaru Tecnica International heard about our desire for a Subaru BRZ STI, but it decided not to listen and has teased us instead with the tS. But in the heads of the engineers at Subaru's skunkworks, added power won't improve the BRZ because the BRZ isn't about power; it's all about handling. So even though a Subaru BRZ STI concept car will be showcased at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, there's no turbocharged Subaru BRZ STI scheduled to be built in the foreseeable future.
While the Subaru BRZ tS isn't exactly what we wanted, it's what we're going to get. According to what Subaru tells us, we should see a BRZ tS in the States within the next two years. Which is what makes the Subaru BRZ tS both irritating and intoxicating. It's still short of our dream BRZ, but the tS is notably better and more capable than the car on which it's based. Fortunately, we love a good tease. Done right, a tease is equally irritating and intoxicating. It seduces you, lures you closer, and convinces you that you're about to get everything you wanted. Then you get smacked with disappointment to take you back to reality, but the taste is enough to keep you hooked.
2015 Subaru BRZ
2015 Subaru BRZ

New for 2015

The Subaru BRZ gets minor changes for 2015 including revised suspension tuning, larger stainless steel tailpipe tips, simulated carbon-fiber dash panel, and a BRZ Series.Blue gets an STI-branded aerodynamic treatment (but no added performance). WR Blue pearl is updated, and Ice Silver Metallic and Crystal White Pearl are added as exterior color options.

Vehicle Overview

The Subaru BRZ is a compact front-engine, rear-drive, 2+2 sports car that combines lightness and simplicity to produce an honest driver’s car. The Subaru BRZ is nearly identical to the Scion FR-S, and in price is similar to the Impreza WRX sedan.

Summary

The 2015 Subaru BRZ is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four that makes 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque that gets paired with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic (with paddle shifters). EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22/30 mpg city/highway with the manual, and 25/34 mpg with the automatic. For the most connected experience we suggest the manual, but the automatic is far from disappointing.
The Subaru BRZ was designed with an eye toward being accessible -- it's a no-frills sports car. The MSRP of $26,490 (including the destination charge) is the first part of the equation. The base Premium includes standard navigation on a 6.1-inch LCD screen, 8-speaker sound system, HID headlights, and Bluetooth with audio streaming. Opting for the Limited adds some unique exterior accents (fog lights, rear body-color trunk spoiler), automatic climate control, heated front seats and side mirrors, hands-free keyless access, push-button start, leaving just one factory option for the Limited: the six-speed automatic.
The 2015 Subaru BRZ received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and is considered a 2014 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

What We Think

When talking about the 2015 Subaru BRZ we can’t help but mention another car: the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Sure there are differences, but the Subaru does what the Miata has become known for, and that is provide an inexpensive, simple, engaging, and modestly powered sports car for the masses. Like the Miata (that has its own racing bracket) the Subaru BRZ is a blast to drive on the track, and we took advantage of that with our long-term Four Seasons example. After sampling our Four Seasons 2013 Subaru BRZ on the track one editor noted, “The BRZ's reflexes and its ability to communicate bring out a driver's very best … When the car does lose traction, there's no drama or sideways encounters with the grass, and that encourages you to drive it even harder. The very predictable power delivery helps, as well … You really are doing everything yourself.”
If you plan to track your BRZ we’d recommend a brake upgrade first, as the car doesn’t need more grip or more power to be fun. Fun Fact: with the rear seats folder you can fit an extra set of wheels/tires and tools for those track days. Driving it certainly is the point, but we weren't happy with the rear seats (they’re only habitable by middle-school age children) and the interior styling (everything besides the the steering wheel, shifter, and pedals). The one point of universal complaint was the infotainment unit, which would lose signal (until we had a recall performed), but still was hard to use and had poor sound quality. But, we agreed that the Subaru “feels like a throwback in its simplicity and purity.”

You’ll Like

  • Superb handling and balance
  • Track days and being able to bring an extra set of tires with you
  • Despite its sporting aim, incredibly safe too

You Won’t Like

  • Using the navigation system
  • Fitting adults in the rear seats
  • No BRZ STI option, yet

Key Competitors

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Mini Coupe Cooper S
  • Scion FR-S

Rating

4
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2015 Subaru Brz Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.0L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
Horsepower:
200 hp @ 7000rpm
Torque:
151 ft lb of torque @ 6400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
3
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Acceptable

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Subaru BRZ

Depreciation
32.8%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$12,640
32.8%
Insurance
$9,185
23.9%
Fuel Cost
$10,362
26.9%
Financing
$2,579
6.7%
Maintenance
$2,643
6.9%
Repair Costs
$671
1.7%
State Fees
$403
1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $38,483 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average