Thursday, 23 February 2012

Road - 2WD Subaru

Subaru may have lost some its appeal to enthusiasts following its withdrawal from the World Rally Championship, but it still makes fast and fascinating cars, and the new BRZ 2+2 Coupe is no exception.

Subaru has released details of the UK specification for the new car which will be available from mid year with its 2 litre Boxer engine producing some 200 PS and driven only through the rear wheels.

It will come with a choice of six-speed short-shift manual or paddle-operated automatic transmission.

A second, lower-spec model will be available a little later in the year, and a third ‘stripped out' version, which will appeal to tuners, modders and track-dayers will be along after that.

UK Spec:
17-inch alloy wheels
Torque-sensing LSD (Limited Slip Differential)
HID headlamps, front fog lamps and LED daytime running lights
VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) and ABS
Front, side, curtain and knee airbags
Cruise control system
Body-coloured, electric-folding, head door mirrors
Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning system
Leather seats, heated front seats
Key-less entry with Push Button Start system
Leather steering wheel and gear knob
Radio CD player with six-speaker system
USB and iPod connectivity

The price has yet to be confirmed, but don’t expect any change out of £25,000.

Of interest to those who no longer relish lying on garage floors doing their own servicing, the BRZ will be available with Subaru’s new three-year Everything Taken Care of (ETCo) aftercare package which for a set fee covers the following:

Minor dent and scratch repairs
Alloy wheel repairs
Monthly wash ‘n’ vac
Annual makeover – full valet
Lost keys replacement
Service collection and delivery
Annual wheel alignment check
First MOT cover (and contribution to repairs)
Accident management service
Insurance excess cover contribution
Winter wheel and tyre storage

This will be in addition to Subaru’s three-year (60,000-mile) manufacturer’s warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion bodyshell cover and three-year paintwork warranty, and also lasts for three years.

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