Subaru's Riotous BRZ Enjoys A Price Drop

What am I looking at?

The Subaru BRZ - one of the least expensive new cars to offer a little rear-wheel drive fun in your life.

What's new?

The price. While its Toyota GT86 cousin started off at 24,995 (and has since risen slightly to 25,110), Subaru's offering was always a little more expensive - perhaps befitting the sporty reputation of the Subaru badge and slightly raised equipment levels.

Now though, the Subaru is cheapest, following a hefty 2,500 price drop. The BRZ now starts at 23,995, putting a little more distance between it and the turbocharged, all-wheel drive WRX STI that's on the way soon.

Subaru BRZ cabin

Anything else?

In SE Lux trim, the cheapest available, you still get such niceties as Alcantara and leather-trimmed seats, a Torsen limited-slip differential, cruise control, heated seats, USB and AUX connectivity and more. A Pioneer sat-nav system with Bluetooth is optional, as is the colour everyone buys a Subaru for - WR Blue Mica.

Those after the look but a little more convenience will be pleased to hear the automatic model is also cheaper, dropping to 25,495. The auto is a little slower to 60 mph - 8.2 seconds, to 7.6 for the manual - but its 39.8 mpg rating is better than the manual's 36.2, and tax is cheaper too: Band G means a 180 yearly bill, rather than Band I and 225.

Subaru BRZ rear angle

Any alternatives?

The obvious one is Toyota's GT86 - as good as identical styling-wise, but said to handle just that little bit better thanks to different suspension settings. We'd not be surprised to see Toyota drop its price to follow Subaru's lead, since the price drop is said to be due to favourable exchange rates with Japan.

The other alternative is Mazda's MX-5. It's getting on a bit now and a replacement is expected very soon, but the rear-drive fun starts at 18,495 for the 1.8, and 22,695 gets you the 2.0 Venture edition. Both let you drop the roof, too - not something offered by the Toyobaru twins.

In a line:

Rear-drive fun just got more affordable.

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