Being in the market for a new sports car hasn’t been as advantageous as it is now for more than a decade. But now, plenty of options exist for affordable driver’s cars. And today marks the availability of one more.
Announced at t0day at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the 2013 Subaru BRZ will be hitting showrooms starting at $26,245, including $750 for destination and handling. For that kind of money, shoppers can expect a BRZ Premium model equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission. An automatic transmission option will be available for an additional $1,100.
Subaru has bundled the car with extras like automatic climate control to justify what is likely to be a slightly higher asking price than the 2013 Scion FR-S, a car which is mechanically identical to the Subaru. But if that’s not enough equipment in the car, there will be an even plusher version, 2013 Subaru BRZ Limited, that will start at $28,245, with the automatic transmission again coming as a $1,100 standalone option.
All cars will come powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower. While that doesn’t sound like a big number, the Subaru BRZ should be able to compensate with its nimble handling prowess and low weight. It is expected to tip the scales at around 2,800 pounds.
For its first model year, Subaru has allocated just 6,000 BRZ coupes to the U.S., and all of them will come well-equipped. For several months, owners-to-be have been allowed to put down deposits on the 2013 Subaru BRZ, not knowing how much it would actually cost. Early reports have suggested around two-thirds of those cars ordered have been optioned with the manual transmission, quite a high number for the U.S. market.
The first 2013 Subaru BRZs should start finding owners this summer.