(photos: Subaru) 2013 Subaru BRZ Coupe | from US$25,495.00 | www.subaru.com
most of us wouldn’t know the existence of Subaru if not for its excellence in the Rally championship back in the 90s. from there on, a WRX was every boy racer’s dream despite it having an aesthetic that doesn’t sit along with performance sports car like Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi GTO (aka 3000GT), Nissan Skyline GT-R and the likes. it is a known fact that Subaru’s performance vehicles don’t have the look that matched its awesome prowess, until now. meet the 2013 Subaru BRZ Coupe, a sports coupe that breaks away from Subaru’s tradition of less-than-appealing look. though it may look vastly different from the rest of the family but at its heart, it still sport a BOXER engine in the form of a direct and port-injected 2.0-liter 4-cylinder item that delivers 200 horsepower (149 kW) to its rear wheels. yes, you heard that right. Subaru has broken its tradition by dropping its signature all-wheel-drive (AWD) in favor of a rear-wheel drive setup. available with a choice of two transmissions: a close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox or the optional adaptive 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode and paddle shifters, and two trim levels: BRZ Premium (from US$24,495) or BRZ Limited (from US$27,495). standard equipment on the BRZ Premium includes limited-slip differential (LSD), 17-inch aluminum alloy rolling stocks, sport-tuned suspension with double wishbone rear architecture, HID headlights, GPS Navigation System, 8-speaker audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, and USB/iPod connectivity. throw in a couple of Gs, you will snag yourself the BKZ Limited that has everything the Premium has with the addition of leather/alcantara upholstery, keyless entry and start, automatic climate control, heated front seats and exterior side mirrors, fog lights and a trunk spoiler.