What do you get when you have a rear-wheel drive sports coupe, some windy roads, a few monkeys, and Mount Fuji as a backdrop? Answer: the latest episode of sister publication Motor Trend‘s Epic Drives. Episode six takes up on a trip to Japan, where we meet up with Associate Online Editor Nate Martinez. Japan is home to some of the best roads on the planet and Martinez takes advantage by leading a Subaru BRZ up Mount Fuji, down the Nihon Romantic Highway, and around Gunma Cycle Sports Center.
The latest episode of Epic Drives features a little bit of Japanese culture mixed with a healthy dose of a Subaru engine note. Martinez climbs up the iconic Mount Fuji, hustles around Gunma Cycle Sports Center, and travels down the Nihon Romantic Highway with a tire chirp every once and a while. The Toyo Tires Turnpike also offers up its curves to Martinez and the BRZ he’s piloting and more tire chirping and razor-sharp handling ensue. Also known at one time as the Hakone Turnpike, Martinez escorts the BRZ around multiple turns and then onto the Hakona Skyline, which has even more curves then the turnpike he just left behind.
Besides the driving aspect of Epic Drives, Martinez steps out of the BRZ for a short while to take a tour of the plant where the BRZ is assembled. Over the course of 60 stages, around 200 BRZ engines are assembled per day. Seeing the BRZ assembled before his very own eyes, Martinez gets the itch to go out and carve up more Japanese roads. While we don’t want to spoil the entire Epic Drives episode for you, we will say Martinez heads over to Gunman Cycle Sports Center, home to Subaru’s research and development department. Check out the video below to follow Martinez along as he conquers one famous Japanese road after another in a 2013 Subaru BRZ.