Long time no affordable sports car…
Even if you count the Mazda Miata – not the most manly ride known to man – it’s been decades since a true, affordable sports car has been for sale in this country. Nissan’s 370Z starts at $31,000 and change but the price rises pretty quick.
We’ll have to wait and see exactly how Subaru prices this one but with an expected sticker starting around $25,000 it beats the Z Car by a considerable amount. That said, knowing Subaru’s penchant for offering an infinitesimal array of options and add-ons, it won’t be hard to drive up the sticker price.
The Subaru BRZ debuted today in production form at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The big emphasis being on the BRZ’s low center of gravity, for which the car was designed. With 200 horespower and a curb weight of 2,700 pounds it won’t be a rocket, but it should be plenty speedy and handle like a cat.
Low centers of gravity have long been a hallmark of Subaru’s flat-four, 2.0-litter Boxer engine, although this one is reportedly almost all new.
There’s no turbo (for now) to worry about and it will come with the choice of a six-speed manual or automatic. No word on the mileage, but a good guess would be low to upper-mid 20s. The rear-drive car is expected to hit showrooms in May. So may the force be with you!