It looks like JDM pricing is out.
Racing stripes!Subaru has released special BRZ websites in Japanese, showing off the car specifications a bit more. Package grades and pricing have also been released. BRZ S being the top luxurious model, type R - normal (or reduced), type RA - the low cost model with absolutely no extras, only manual transmission, for the tuners and racers.
BRZ Type S
6MT manual: 2.793.000 JPY
E-6AT automatic: 2.871.750 JPY
BRZ Type R
6MT manual: 2.478.000 JPY
E-6AT automatic: 2.546.250 JPY
BRZ Type RA only manual gearbox
6MT: 2.058.000 JPY
Torsen LSD is only equipped on type S, and type R as an option.
Brakes are also better on type S - 16inch front ventilated and 15in rear ventilated. Weight starts at 1190kg for RA model and BRZ-S automatic being the heaviest at 1250kg.
that doesn't look too bad. I looked up what a WRX STI costs in Japan and compared with the US STI. It's 3685000 yen vs. $34,095USD. So, if you go by that conversion factor, the pricing is right in the ballpark of what they've been saying all along. Around $25K. If that's the case, and that's a big "IF", then they should be selling just fine.
I have a sneaking suspicion that this thing, with an optimistic, clutch-abusing Car & Driver reviewer at the helm, will post 0-60 times in the 5.9s range.
15 years ago, the original 197HP Boxster which wieghed more and had a 5-speed transmission was going 0-60 in 6 seconds flat, with some magazines putting it at 6.2 seconds.
This car is lighter, is better geared, and has newer tires. I am hoping for ~5.9s. But we'll see. I would not be surprised at anything in the 5.9s-6.5s range.
Last edited by Art Vandelay; 03-07-2012 at 11:14 AM.
JSW TDI, Mustang SVO, et al.