Since the launch of the Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86/Scion FRS, there has been a few different variants to surface the world of motoring and catch the attention of motoring enthusiasts all over. And then Subaru recently came up with another example of what the BRZ can be, if you spend a little more money. Dubbed as the ‘Premium Sport Edition’ – the Japanese brand explains that this example is built for a more mature crowd or rather, ‘playful adults’ as the company puts it.
Unveiled ahead of its Japanese market introduction in December, the Premium Sport Edition spots a few exterior features like the 17″ STI alloy wheels, black mirror caps and 2 special mix of paint available exclusively to this iteration dubbed the WR Blue Mica and Satin White Pearl. First shown as a prototype project at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year, this edition has lost the aerodynamic add-ons to portray as a more grown-up option rather than a boy-racer.
Where the Premium Sport Edition turns into something special is in the interior, where you’ll be most of the time. Most of these goodies were first shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon, including the two-tone sport seats and steering wheel illustrated in black and tan leather. At the same time, Alcantara replaces most of the parts like the dashboard, centre consoles and at the top sections of the door. Other interior enhancements include satin silver accents around the whole cabin and aluminium pedals giving the bold sporty contrast in the interior. Oh – one more thing, Carbon Fibre dash board trip. You’ve got to have Carbon Fibre!
The BRZ Premium Sport Edition will remain unchanged mechanically, and that is something to be a little sad about. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder boxer has been around with us for a while now, and with only 200bhp on taps, it could make do with 50 more horses to enhance the slidey experience from this rear-wheel driven sports car. Mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox, the Zerotohundred time takes a relatively agonising (in a sports car) 7.5 seconds. Prices will be set at 3,034,500 yen (RM 97,413.52) once its released for sale in Japan. Want one? Start knocking on dealers who can bring the car into Malaysia.