“Two heads are better than one” – That is the wisdom behind the success of the BRZ, Subaru’s small yet very capable sports coupe. The BRZ (Boxer-Engine Rear-Wheel-Drive Zenith) has become one of the most spotlighted nameplates in the Japanese automaker’s fleet.
The BRZ has gained high grounds in the Philippines’ sports coupe segment, battling it out against the Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe and its “twin brother from another mother” the Toyota GT86, which it shares almost 100% of its DNA. Apart from its much mean-looking front end, the BRZ’s general exterior/interior layout, design, and components are about 90% identical to the GT86 because these two cars were the brainchildren of a collaborative effort between Subaru and Toyota, which aims to create a very capable fast-going machine in less than the price and production cost of a single-brand-exclusive unit, making them among the most affordable thrill-rides in the market.
Under the hood is a 2.0L DOHC Subaru Boxer Engine now placed lower and closer to the driver. This delivers power to its rear wheels, while mated to a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. This compact sports coupe has 200 hp and 205 Nm of torque that makes it a fast and agile machine right off the bat.