It would be hard to convince too many people in Bassett, Danville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro that a 2+2 sports coupe can be practical. However, if you can live with two full-size seats, it’s hard to think of another sports car that’s as user-friendly and track-ready at the same time as the sensational 2024 Subaru BRZ.
You only need to glance at the 2024 Subaru BRZ to realize its sports car credentials. But the shapely, handsome exterior styling of the BRZ is easier to live with and considerably less polarizing than some sports cars you might shop it against. The exterior leaves you no doubt about what to expect when you get behind the wheel, but the Subaru is still a car you could be happy to use as your daily driver.
There are two versions of the BRZ to choose between for the 2024 model year. The most affordable of the pair is the Premium, and the alternative is the somewhat inappropriately named Limited model. The price difference between the pair is relatively minimal, so it will be easy for most shoppers to opt for the Limited. However, a third way is introduced for the 2024 model year in the shape of an all-new BRZ tS model. The Ts has 18-inch wheels, bigger brake rotors, better brake pads, and Hitachi suspension springs. There are some features inside and out that make it stand out visually. But the engine stays the same. Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist features are now standard on versions of the BRZ with a manual gearbox.
There has been a lively debate about the BRZ power plants since the initial launch. And like most performance cars, there will always be those who think more power would be desirable. But the 2024 Subaru BRZ driving experience is a more cultured affair than a muscle car, and there’s much more to it than straight-line speed. Unlike most other Subaru models, the BRZ is exclusively rear-wheel drive, as a sports car should be. The BRZ extracts its power fabulously from its modest four-cylinder engine, with crisp and controllable handling that delivers a genuine sports car’s fluid and engaging feel.
The 2.4-liter flat-four engine’s 228 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque might sound modest by some standards, but the car’s lightweight design and stunning handling get it from 0 to 60 mph in around six seconds. The BRZ lends itself naturally to competitive driving, with the electric power steering providing plenty of feedback and quick responses. The car’s low center of gravity and lightweight design provide the precision that rewards attentive driving, and non-expert drivers will find the Subaru an excellent platform for learning their craft. As you would expect, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, with an automatic available as an option.
Even if the BRZ wasn’t one of the finest driver’s cars in its class – which it is – the Subaru is a very well-equipped car that makes a lot of sense and is excellent value for money. When correctly specified, the 2024 Subaru BRZ qualifies for coveted Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS for overall safety. The BRZ Premium standard equipment includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a 7.0-inch digital gauge display, LED headlights, aluminum pedals, keyless start, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
If you go for the Limited with the automatic transmission, the standard features then include 18-inch wheels with track-ready Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, leather-and-suede heated front seats, blind-spot monitors, adaptive headlights, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and plenty more.
The 2024 Subaru BRZ is the ultimate affordable sports car you can live with every day. The Subaru certainly looks the part, and how it performs and handles more than lives up to the promises made by the exterior styling. You don’t have to take our word for it, however. Drop in for a test drive with Nelson Subaru here at 4730 Virginia Ave, Bassett, Virginia, or call us at (276) 647-1775 for more information and book an appointment suitable for you.