The BRZ is a thrill to drive anywhere, and pushing the über-tossable Subaru track-day star to its limits can be an unforgettable experience. For 2018, the BRZ ups the ante, and introduces an all-new tS trim with STI-tuned SACHS dampers and coil springs, flexible V-braces under the hood and that massive, carbon fiber adjustable wing at the rear. Read on for a few tips on how to get the most out of your vehicle on the track – or cornering closer to home.
In keeping with the elemental nature of the BRZ, the SUBARU BOXER does without turbos. Instead, the car’s torque curve is broad and flat, so that a deep dig into the gas quickly produces speed the driver can feed into the straights and the exits.
The engine springs to life with the familiar boxer thrum, and the short-throw shifter hums with anticipation. The horizontal placement of the engine’s pistons contributes to the low roll center of the BRZ. “By designing around the boxer engine, we were able to develop the BRZ from one of our core technologies,” says Hill.
At just 18.1 inches off the ground, the BRZ center of gravity is one of the lowest of any new vehicle in any showroom in America. “That’s the advantage of designing it that way from the beginning,” says Todd Hill, Subaru of America’s car line planning manager. “The lightweight construction helps the BRZ respond quicker, and it feels right.”
Track mode in the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system disables the car’s Traction Control System (TCS), and puts the driver in control of choosing the car’s cornering attitude. Look for a neutral four-wheel drift, tailored with accelerator input.
A stab at the firm brake pedal scrubs the speed, and the uncommon balance of the BRZ keeps dive to a minimum. When the curve’s apex is in sight, let off the brake and aim for it. That’s where the real fun begins.
The BRZ tS (which means “Tuned by STI”) goes further, with 18-inch wheels, body stiffeners and an adjustable rear spoiler made of carbon fiber.
The stiffer front suspension of the 2018 BRZ makes an already strong structure feel like it’s one fused unit, clearing the way for precise communication through the steering, particularly when turning gradually toward that apex.
Revised shock absorbers, new springs and a thicker rear sway bar add confidence, and allow for later braking. The stiffer suspension fully takes advantage of the tight 2.48-turn lock-to-lock steering in the BRZ.
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