Subaru BRZ tS
The Subaru BRZ tS is the most hard core version of the small sports car. The knock on the BRZ has always been that it is underpowered. You would think that when Subaru decides to work on the ultimate BRZ that it would bring the power up a bit.
The tS is tuned by their STI division and it gets firmer suspension, better brakes, a front splitter and a large rear wing. All of this makes it even better on the track, but there is one thing missing.
The BRZ tS may provide even better handling than the already good standard car, but it still only has 205 horsepower and 156 lb.-ft. of torque. The car only weighs 2,798 lbs and this helps it launch from 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds. By today’s high standards that just isn’t very quick for a sports car.
In fact, if you compare it to the early Porsche Boxster you can see that the BRZ is pretty close to the same performance. The 2.5-liter Boxster offers 201 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. The early Boxster weighs only 2,756 lbs. All of this helped the 986 Boxster manage a 0-60 mph sprint of 6 seconds flat when tested by multiple magazine, including MotorTrend.
From a performance stand point the BRZ and 1997-1999 Boxster are pretty close, but the early Boxtser is a 20 year old car. Thanks to depreciation the 2.5-liter 986 Boxster can currently be had for about $7,000 in very good condition. Compare this to the starting price of $33,495 for the Subaru BRZ tS.
Sure with the BRZ tS you get a warranty, but with the price difference you’ll have to do a huge amount of repair before the early Boxster gets even close to the same price tag.
The thing that we would love to see is a bit more punch in the BRZ. It doesn’t need huge power because it is a good drive, but 250-300 horses would be just about right to help the Subaru BRZ feel quick when compared to modern competition.
I wish that Subaru would evolve the BRZ by making tweaks and slight horsepower increases. They should take a page out of Porsche’s playbook and every few year bump up the horsepower so that the car feels a bit more sporty.
This video shows a compete review of the Subaru BRZ tS. Check it out and then scroll down to the comments and let us know if you think the BRZ needs more power.
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