The Truth About Cars » subaru BRZ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 20:33:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Doug Drives: Is Old-School Rebadging Dead? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/doug-drives-old-school-rebadging-dead/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/doug-drives-old-school-rebadging-dead/#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1248553 So I got up behind a Dodge Grand Caravan the other day and I started thinking about my youth. This is because, in my youth, the Dodge Grand Caravan was an acceptable vehicle to drive, and not something you were stuck with when Enterprise ran out of full-size sedans. There are two reasons for this: […]

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So I got up behind a Dodge Grand Caravan the other day and I started thinking about my youth. This is because, in my youth, the Dodge Grand Caravan was an acceptable vehicle to drive, and not something you were stuck with when Enterprise ran out of full-size sedans. There are two reasons for this: […]

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Among Sports Cars, New Beats Old: FR-S Hits New Low As MX-5 Takes Over http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/among-sports-cars-new-beats-old-fr-s-hits-new-low-mx-5-takes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/among-sports-cars-new-beats-old-fr-s-hits-new-low-mx-5-takes/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 20:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1240273 November 2015 produced the lowest full-month U.S. sales total for the Scion FR-S in its history. November 2015 also produced the sixth consecutive year-over-year Mazda MX-5 Miata monthly sales increase; November was also the fifth consecutive month in which the Mazda MX-5 outsold the Scion FR-S. The FR-S and MX-5 are clearly not direct rivals. […]

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November 2015 produced the lowest full-month U.S. sales total for the Scion FR-S in its history. November 2015 also produced the sixth consecutive year-over-year Mazda MX-5 Miata monthly sales increase; November was also the fifth consecutive month in which the Mazda MX-5 outsold the Scion FR-S. The FR-S and MX-5 are clearly not direct rivals. […]

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What Is This Performance BRZ/FR-S and Where Can We Get One? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/performance-brzfr-s-can-get-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/performance-brzfr-s-can-get-one/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1217713 Our friends over at AutoGuide have a juicy story about a patent filing from Toyota that details a decidedly BRZ STI-looking drawing that may signal a performance variant on its way. According to AutoGuide, the patent, which was approved in Japan, was filed by Toyota, but named Subaru-parent company Fuji Heavy Industry as its owner. […]

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Our friends over at AutoGuide have a juicy story about a patent filing from Toyota that details a decidedly BRZ STI-looking drawing that may signal a performance variant on its way. According to AutoGuide, the patent, which was approved in Japan, was filed by Toyota, but named Subaru-parent company Fuji Heavy Industry as its owner. […]

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QOTD: Subaru BRZ Will Live To Fight Another Generation, Says Fuji Heavy Boss http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/qotd-subaru-brz-will-live-to-fight-another-generation-says-fuji-heavy-boss/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/qotd-subaru-brz-will-live-to-fight-another-generation-says-fuji-heavy-boss/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:24:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=861001 “If I were to be told that, I’d pass out…It’s not going to be just one generation.” -Fuji Heavy Industries President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga Automotive News is reporting that the head of Fuji Heavy Industries, parent company of Subaru, is denying reports that the Toyobaru twins will last one generation. But as AN reports, Fuji Heavy boss Yasuyuki […]

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“If I were to be told that, I’d pass out…It’s not going to be just one generation.” -Fuji Heavy Industries President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga Automotive News is reporting that the head of Fuji Heavy Industries, parent company of Subaru, is denying reports that the Toyobaru twins will last one generation. But as AN reports, Fuji Heavy boss Yasuyuki […]

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Toyobaru Might Only Last For One Generation As Partnership Under Evaluation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/toyobaru-might-only-last-for-one-generation-as-partnership-under-evaluation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/toyobaru-might-only-last-for-one-generation-as-partnership-under-evaluation/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:07:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=850962 The Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ may only exist for one generation, as comments by the car’s chief engineer suggest a dissolution of the partnership between Toyota and Subaru. Speaking to an Australian outlet, chief engineer Tetsuya Tada was cryptic about whether a next-generation sports car would have Subaru’s involvement. Tada left open the possibility that the […]

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The Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ may only exist for one generation, as comments by the car’s chief engineer suggest a dissolution of the partnership between Toyota and Subaru. Speaking to an Australian outlet, chief engineer Tetsuya Tada was cryptic about whether a next-generation sports car would have Subaru’s involvement. Tada left open the possibility that the […]

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Slow Sales Of Scion FR-S Disappoint Toyota, Jeopardize Engine Upgrades http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/slow-sales-of-scion-fr-s-disappoint-toyota-jeopardize-engine-upgrades/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/slow-sales-of-scion-fr-s-disappoint-toyota-jeopardize-engine-upgrades/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:40:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=749001 The Scion FR-S – lightweight, affordable sports car that the world was supposedly waiting for – is reportedly lagging behing its sales targets across the globe, making it difficult for Toyota to justify upgrading the engine or bringing a convertible to market. Speaking to Auto Express, Toyota Europe R&D head Gerald Killman said “A faster version […]

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The Scion FR-S – lightweight, affordable sports car that the world was supposedly waiting for – is reportedly lagging behing its sales targets across the globe, making it difficult for Toyota to justify upgrading the engine or bringing a convertible to market. Speaking to Auto Express, Toyota Europe R&D head Gerald Killman said “A faster version […]

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2013 Tokyo Motor Show: BRZ Based Subaru Cross Sport Design Concept http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/2013-tokyo-motor-show-brz-based-subaru-cross-sport-design-concept/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/2013-tokyo-motor-show-brz-based-subaru-cross-sport-design-concept/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 05:18:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=657098 Not many details have been released so far about the Subaru Cross Sport Design concept, which the company says is a combination of “sport” and “utility” and features “easy seat access, a comfortable interior, and abundant luggage space” and it’s supposed to show the direction forward for urban SUVs. They also could have said that […]

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Not many details have been released so far about the Subaru Cross Sport Design concept, which the company says is a combination of “sport” and “utility” and features “easy seat access, a comfortable interior, and abundant luggage space” and it’s supposed to show the direction forward for urban SUVs. They also could have said that […]

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Cain’s Segments: The Toyobaru Twins http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/cains-segments-the-toyobaru-twins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/cains-segments-the-toyobaru-twins/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=644522 It’s been a year-and-a-half, and the Toyobaru twins have not lost their luster. Proximity has not made the heart grow less fond. American sports car consumers still want to buy the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ. In the case of the lower-volume Subaru, the desire is growing at an especially fast rate. Shortly after […]

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It’s been a year-and-a-half, and the Toyobaru twins have not lost their luster. Proximity has not made the heart grow less fond. American sports car consumers still want to buy the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ. In the case of the lower-volume Subaru, the desire is growing at an especially fast rate. Shortly after […]

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Evo Finds Out What’s Faster: Fiesta ST Or FR-S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/evo-finds-out-whats-faster-fiesta-st-or-fr-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/evo-finds-out-whats-faster-fiesta-st-or-fr-s/#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:58:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493400 When Jack Baruth took the Scion FR-S to the track and pronounced it the least desirable among its chief rivals, some readers were despondent. How could the car that would supposedly provide good care for the sick and slow the rise of the oceans be ranked dead last against a hairdresser’s car and a Korean […]

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When Jack Baruth took the Scion FR-S to the track and pronounced it the least desirable among its chief rivals, some readers were despondent. How could the car that would supposedly provide good care for the sick and slow the rise of the oceans be ranked dead last against a hairdresser’s car and a Korean […]

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Toyota Engineer Reveals Plans For More Sports Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/toyota-engineer-reveals-plans-for-more-sports-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/toyota-engineer-reveals-plans-for-more-sports-cars/#comments Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:08:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463229 No, this isn’t another lame rumor-mongering post based on idle speculation; Toyota’s own Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer for the 86, confirmed to Top Gear that two more sports cars are in the pipeline. According to Tada, the two new products will book-end the 86 at both the lower and higher priced segments. “The first is more […]

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No, this isn’t another lame rumor-mongering post based on idle speculation; Toyota’s own Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer for the 86, confirmed to Top Gear that two more sports cars are in the pipeline. According to Tada, the two new products will book-end the 86 at both the lower and higher priced segments. “The first is more […]

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Review: 2013 Scion FR-S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2013-scion-fr-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2013-scion-fr-s/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459624 We’ve already looked at the FR-S, but I came of car-driving age just minutes before the heyday of the Toyota AE86 and, by God, I’m going to write about any car that claims to be an homage to the car that stands as the ’55 Chevy of Japan. So, I got on the horn with […]

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We’ve already looked at the FR-S, but I came of car-driving age just minutes before the heyday of the Toyota AE86 and, by God, I’m going to write about any car that claims to be an homage to the car that stands as the ’55 Chevy of Japan. So, I got on the horn with […]

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Honda Civic Si Dominates Subaru BRZ In Track Test http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/honda-civic-si-dominates-subaru-brz-in-track-test/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/honda-civic-si-dominates-subaru-brz-in-track-test/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:03:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457121 AutoGuide’s twin team of track terror, time-trialer Dave Pratte and editor Colum Wood, have returned to Toronto Motorsports Park to take the Subaru BR-Z and the Honda Civic Si to the extreme limit and beyond. What did they find? “Truth be told,” Pratte notes, “it takes an experienced FWD pilot to get the most out […]

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AutoGuide’s twin team of track terror, time-trialer Dave Pratte and editor Colum Wood, have returned to Toronto Motorsports Park to take the Subaru BR-Z and the Honda Civic Si to the extreme limit and beyond. What did they find? “Truth be told,” Pratte notes, “it takes an experienced FWD pilot to get the most out […]

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Toyobaru Hype: We’ve Hit Peak Bullshit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/toyobaru-hype-weve-hit-peak-bullshit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/toyobaru-hype-weve-hit-peak-bullshit/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:06:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453533 As if the absurdly hyperbolic headline “The day the world changed” wasn’t enough of a tip-off , the hype machine for the Toyobaru twins has officially reached its zenith, with Wheels magazine’s Peter Robinson declaring the Japanese-spec Toyota 86 to be superior to the Porsche Cayman. Reading Robinson’s article, it’s as if I’d experienced a […]

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As if the absurdly hyperbolic headline “The day the world changed” wasn’t enough of a tip-off , the hype machine for the Toyobaru twins has officially reached its zenith, with Wheels magazine’s Peter Robinson declaring the Japanese-spec Toyota 86 to be superior to the Porsche Cayman. Reading Robinson’s article, it’s as if I’d experienced a […]

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Subaru BRZ Already Comes With Cash On The Hood http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/subaru-brz-already-comes-with-cash-on-the-hood/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/subaru-brz-already-comes-with-cash-on-the-hood/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:43:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452009 While the Scion FR-S is performing well in its initial months of sales, the lower volume Subaru BRZ already has some cash on the hood, to the tune of $400. While the BRZ was never intended to be the volume seller, the slightly pricier BRZ moved 818 units in June, compared to 2,684 examples of […]

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While the Scion FR-S is performing well in its initial months of sales, the lower volume Subaru BRZ already has some cash on the hood, to the tune of $400. While the BRZ was never intended to be the volume seller, the slightly pricier BRZ moved 818 units in June, compared to 2,684 examples of […]

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Scion FR-S Sells Well, But It’s Early http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/scion-fr-s-sells-well-but-its-early/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/scion-fr-s-sells-well-but-its-early/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2012 16:55:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451602 So often we hear analysts and fans excuse a car’s poor initial sales performance with a phrase like, “But it’s early.” Oddly, the very same phrase is legitimately used when discussing a new car’s surprisingly successful first month. In just its second month on sale, in just its first full month on sale, the Scion […]

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So often we hear analysts and fans excuse a car’s poor initial sales performance with a phrase like, “But it’s early.” Oddly, the very same phrase is legitimately used when discussing a new car’s surprisingly successful first month. In just its second month on sale, in just its first full month on sale, the Scion […]

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The Scion FR-S And The Problem With Hype http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/the-scion-fr-s-and-the-problem-with-hype/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/the-scion-fr-s-and-the-problem-with-hype/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:05:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=450321 A few weeks ago, I took a Scion FR-S out for a spin. It was an automatic dealer demo, so I decided to withhold judgement until I drove the manual transmission car. Having driven one yesterday, my opinion hasn’t changed much. Alex has already reviewed the car, and Jack will have his upcoming track test […]

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A few weeks ago, I took a Scion FR-S out for a spin. It was an automatic dealer demo, so I decided to withhold judgement until I drove the manual transmission car. Having driven one yesterday, my opinion hasn’t changed much. Alex has already reviewed the car, and Jack will have his upcoming track test […]

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Pre-Production Review: 2013 Scion FR-S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/pre-production-review-2013-scion-fr-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/pre-production-review-2013-scion-fr-s/#comments Wed, 09 May 2012 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443221 Scion has had a sordid past. Originally, Scion was Toyota’s solution to a lack of 18-25 year old shoppers. Over the past 9 years however Scion has lost their way and lost their youth. Their median buyer just turned 42. The tC coupe, which started out as a car for college kids, now has a […]

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Scion has had a sordid past. Originally, Scion was Toyota’s solution to a lack of 18-25 year old shoppers. Over the past 9 years however Scion has lost their way and lost their youth. Their median buyer just turned 42. The tC coupe, which started out as a car for college kids, now has a […]

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Subaru FA20 Turbo Engine Debuts. Start Dreaming About A Boosted BRZ. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/subaru-fa20-turbo-engine-debuts-start-dreaming-about-a-boosted-brz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/subaru-fa20-turbo-engine-debuts-start-dreaming-about-a-boosted-brz/#comments Tue, 08 May 2012 17:42:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443499 Even with vehement denials of a boosted Subaru BRZ, Subaru has still managed to debut a turbocharged version of the 2.0L Boxer engine.  And just because the BRZ won’t get it doesn’t mean other products won’t. Set to debut first in the Legacy, the new engine makes 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft but comes mated […]

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Even with vehement denials of a boosted Subaru BRZ, Subaru has still managed to debut a turbocharged version of the 2.0L Boxer engine.  And just because the BRZ won’t get it doesn’t mean other products won’t. Set to debut first in the Legacy, the new engine makes 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft but comes mated […]

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Motor Trend Pits Ford Mustang V6 Versus Subaru BRZ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/motor-trend-pits-ford-mustang-v6-versus-subaru-brz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/motor-trend-pits-ford-mustang-v6-versus-subaru-brz/#comments Fri, 04 May 2012 20:37:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442896 Motor Trend had Randy Pobst take the Ford Mustang V6 and the Subaru BRZ out on track. With predictable results. I’ve yet to drive the BRZ, but I have driven all versions of the Mustang. I love the look, the sound and the performance, but I’ve never been entirely comfortable driving them at speed. It’s […]

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Motor Trend had Randy Pobst take the Ford Mustang V6 and the Subaru BRZ out on track. With predictable results. I’ve yet to drive the BRZ, but I have driven all versions of the Mustang. I love the look, the sound and the performance, but I’ve never been entirely comfortable driving them at speed. It’s […]

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Generation Why: If You Are Under 25 Or An Idiot, Please Don’t Buy A Scion FR-S Or Subaru BRZ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/generation-why-if-you-are-under-25-or-an-idiot-please-dont-buy-a-scion-fr-s-or-subaru-brz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/generation-why-if-you-are-under-25-or-an-idiot-please-dont-buy-a-scion-fr-s-or-subaru-brz/#comments Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441007 With the release of the SciBaru FRZ just weeks away, everyone’s been caught up in the sticker price, available options and aftermarket support for the car, but nobody has asked a crucial question; what about insurance? Insurance premiums tend to vary by jurisdiction, but under-25 males (such as myself) always suffer from financial trauma when […]

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With the release of the SciBaru FRZ just weeks away, everyone’s been caught up in the sticker price, available options and aftermarket support for the car, but nobody has asked a crucial question; what about insurance? Insurance premiums tend to vary by jurisdiction, but under-25 males (such as myself) always suffer from financial trauma when […]

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Dealers Begin Subaru BRZ Price Gouging http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/dealers-begin-subaru-brz-price-gouging/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/dealers-begin-subaru-brz-price-gouging/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:22:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439567 Well, we knew it would happen. Some dealers are already starting to ask for markups on the Subaru BRZ. And some people are dumb enough to pay them. According to an email received by Inside Line, a dealer is asking for a $5,000 “non-negotiable” markup on their BRZs. Apparently, their allocation is small (gee, wonder […]

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Well, we knew it would happen. Some dealers are already starting to ask for markups on the Subaru BRZ. And some people are dumb enough to pay them. According to an email received by Inside Line, a dealer is asking for a $5,000 “non-negotiable” markup on their BRZs. Apparently, their allocation is small (gee, wonder […]

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At $25,495 Subaru BRZ Is $1,295 More Than Scion FR-S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/at-25495-subaru-brz-is-1295-more-than-scion-fr-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/at-25495-subaru-brz-is-1295-more-than-scion-fr-s/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:54:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=438509 Today seems to be “Pricing Thursday”, the anticipated forerunner to Good Friday, and the one we’ve been waiting for has finally risen revealed pricing details. The Subaru BRZ, at $25,495, is only $1,295 more than the Scion FR-S and $100 less than the Subaru Impreza WRX. The extra price premium over the FR-S gets you GPS […]

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Today seems to be “Pricing Thursday”, the anticipated forerunner to Good Friday, and the one we’ve been waiting for has finally risen revealed pricing details. The Subaru BRZ, at $25,495, is only $1,295 more than the Scion FR-S and $100 less than the Subaru Impreza WRX. The extra price premium over the FR-S gets you GPS […]

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A Dozen NAIAS Takeaways From Michael Karesh http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/2012-naias-a-dozen-quick-observations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/2012-naias-a-dozen-quick-observations/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:53:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=426562 With all of the leaks, it’s not so easy to be surprised at NAIAS. But I managed to learn a thing or two by attending. My top dozen takeaways: 1. Compared to a Lamborghini, a Ferrari seems…normal. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’ve never even sat in these cars before. The view forward from […]

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With all of the leaks, it’s not so easy to be surprised at NAIAS. But I managed to learn a thing or two by attending. My top dozen takeaways: 1. Compared to a Lamborghini, a Ferrari seems…normal. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’ve never even sat in these cars before. The view forward from […]

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NAIAS Tidbit: Subaru BRZ On The Ground, er, Platform http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naia-tidbit-subaru-br-z-on-the-ground-er-platform/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naia-tidbit-subaru-br-z-on-the-ground-er-platform/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2012 20:47:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=425087 Rotating alone on a turntable: the Subaru BRZ. Looks good, if you ask me. Unfortunately we couldn’t touch the dashboard for all of you dash-touchers out there… more shots after the jump.

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Rotating alone on a turntable: the Subaru BRZ. Looks good, if you ask me. Unfortunately we couldn’t touch the dashboard for all of you dash-touchers out there… more shots after the jump.

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