The first major redesign of the Subaru BRZ, the second-generation brings more power from a larger engine, a stiffer structure, and better handling.
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Subaru and Toyota shared development of the BRZ and GR 86.
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A 228-hp 2.4-liter flat-four replaces the old car’s 205- or 200-hp 2.0-liter.
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The added displacement helps torque increase to 184 lb-ft at 3700 rpm, a useful increase over the old engine’s 156 lb-ft of torque at a very high 6400 rpm.
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Subaru claims that 85 percent of BRZ buyers select the six-speed manual transmission over the optional six-speed automatic.
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The manual’s shift action is among the most satisfying in the industry and rivals the snick-snick motion of the Mazda Miata’s gearbox.
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Base cars ride on 17-inch wheels, while upper trim levels offer an 18-inch wheel with a sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tire.
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Like its predecessor, shut off the stability control and the BRZ will happily send its tail swinging wide under power.
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The new interior is a major step forward and makes the BRZ a more comfortable and modern place to sit.
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A small rear seat remains and makes the BRZ a practical—or at least semi-practical—sports car.
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