The Subaru BRZ isn’t getting a facelift anytime soon, but over in the UK, the BRZ is getting — or at least getting back — the entry level SE trim. It doesn’t sound that sexy, that much I think we can all agree on. But it does give customers in the UK a cheaper BRZ alternative than the ones they’re currently getting.
There’s not a whole lot to be excited about the return of the BRZ SE other than its £22,495 ($37,033 at current exchange rates) price tag. The engine is still the same (ho hum) 2.0-liter flat-four and there aren’t any added features unless you get the higher-grade SE Lux version. At least that one gets Alcantara and heated leather-trimmed seats.
Otherwise, prepare to see standard features like keyless entry and push-button start; dual-zone climate control; cruise control; sports seats; VSC; Torsen limited slip differential; and front, side, curtain, and knee airbags. Satellite navigation is also available, although that one comes as a dealer-fit option.
Judging by what’s being offered, the BRZ SE can be an attractive buy if you’re looking for a sports car across the pond. But you’re probably better served getting the SE Lux trim. For an extra £1,500 ($2,469), you at least get some nice Alcantara-wrapped heated seats.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Subaru BRZ SE.
Subaru BRZ SE in detail
All the details of the Subaru SE have been hammered out above, so let’s talk about the prices for each of the four available SE trims. The base model is the SE manual, which sets you back £22,495, or about $37,000 based on current exchange rates.
Next up on the list is the SE Automatic, which costs £23,995, or around $39,500. If you decide to opt for the SE Lux, the manual version comes first at £23,995, same as the SE Auto. The top-grade version of the BRZ SE trim is the SE Lux Auto, which retails for £25,495, or around $42,000 based on current rates.
Subaru UK has expanded its range of affordable BRZ sports cars with the re-introduction of the entry level SE model. Priced at just £22,495 on the road it ensures affordable and accessible driving thrills more than ever before.
The addition of the SE model comes on top of the original price reduction of £2500 for the SE Lux in the summer. Customers now have the choice of four BRZ models in total:
SE manual £22,495
SE auto £23,995
SE Lux manual £23,995
SE Lux auto £25,495
The BRZ SE is powered by the same 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed Boxer petrol engine and boasts the same low centre of gravity and rear-wheel drive, aimed squarely at driving enthusiasts.
The spec is generous too, with keyless entry and push-button start, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, sports seats, VSC, Torsen limited slip differential and front, side, curtain and knee airbags all standard. Satellite navigation remains a dealer fit option.
For customers choosing the BRZ SE Lux, alcantara and leather trimmed seats with seat heaters are added to the features list. All auto models feature steering wheel-mounted gear shift paddles.
This latest introduction to the Subaru stable is further evidence of the specialist Japanese brand bringing improved value to its customers and follows a range of price reductions in the UK including the launch of the new WRX STI at £4000 less than the old model.
The Subaru BRZ and its sister model the Toyota GT-86 are manufactured at Subaru’s Gunma plant in Ota-city, Japan, part of a collaborative agreement between FHI Ltd and Toyota Motor Corporation.
BRZ SE models are available in Subaru dealers from this month.