SUBARU has made its name among performance enthusiasts with rally replicas like the Impreza WRX. Yet the BRZ sports coupe we're looking at here is about as far away from a rally replica as you're ever likely to get, its engineers proudly trumpeting the absence of 4WD, turbocharging and sophisticated electronics, ironically the very things this Japanese brand has promoted to performance people for so many years.
A change in philosophy then? Perhaps. Or it could simply be that the idea behind this car is not all Subaru's own. It came about as part of a joint project with Toyota, who wanted a return to the affordable sports car market but didn't have the production or the development capacity for it.
Subaru provided both, creating what they see as a sports car in the classic sense — rear-wheel drive with a front-engined layout, a low centre of gravity and a high-revving engine.