The much talked about Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are coming closer to reality, with cars expected to go on sale this spring. The BRZ will be offered in two trim levels. The base Premium model starts at $25,495USD with a six-speed manual, touch-screen GPS navigation, Bluetooth and HID headlights. The top-spec BRZ Limited stickers at $27,495, and adds Alcantara seat inserts, leather bolsters, heated seats and mirrors, dual-zone auto climate control, keyless entry and start, rear spoiler and foglights. All BRZ’s are rear wheel drive 2+2 sport coupes powered by a new 2.0L boxer four cylinder rated at 200hp. A six-speed manual is standard, while a six-speed automatic will add $1,100 to the tab.
The Subaru BRZ is positioned above the Scion FR-S as a more premium car. While there is plenty of excitement at the notion of a rear-wheel drive Japanese sport coupe, I just can’t help but think that a base V-6 powered Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro offers more than 100hp than the Subie at a lower price. Will American sport coupe buyers be willing to pay a premium for a car that is underpowered compared to the American competition? At The Garage we’re as eager to see how this plays out as you, so stay tuned!