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Subaru BRZ to cost £24,995
Subaru has announced pricing for its hotly anticipated BRZ sports coupé – it’ll cost £24,995 in its most basic guise when it goes on sale in the UK this summer.
The BRZ will come in two trim levels to begin with – 2.0i SE and 2.0i SE Lux.
£24,995 SE spec gets a decent level of kit as standard, with 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, automatic climate control, six-speaker stereo with iPod connectivity, front fog lamps, electric folding mirrors and keyless entry and go all included as standard.
Upgrading to SE Lux trim will cost you £1,500 and adds heated leather seats. The only two options Subaru is offering are sat nav at £1,000 and special paint finishes at £500.
A 200hp 2.0-litre flat-four ‘boxer’ motor powers the BRZ – not a prodigious output by modern sportscar standards, but the Japanese 2+2 hasn’t been designed with outright pace in mind.
Instead, the BRZ has been engineered with a focus on driver involvement. With a 1,200kg kerb weight and a torque sensing limited-slip differential helping improve traction – a device fitted as standard to all models – the car’s handling promises to deliver.
Performance should still be more than adequate though, with 0-62mph taking 7.0 seconds. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, with Subaru’s paddle shift controlled automatic transmission costing £1,500 extra.
A more basic ‘S’ trim level will be launched in 2013, so expect less equipment and a £23,495 price tag.
The BRZ’s pricing is basically identical to its sister vehicle, the Toyota GT 86. The jointly developed vehicle costs the same £24,995 when wearing a Toyota badge, but is only available in one trim level.
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