Subaru's Sporty Side: the WRX and BRZ

You don’t have to forego fun in favor of practical, or spend an arm and a leg for an impressively awesome sports car.

As car enthusiasts and rally fans will attest, the Subaru WRX is one of the most fun cars on the road. The Subaru WRX STI is the platform for Subaru’s race cars in both the Red Bull Global RallyCross Championship and the American Rally Association Championship.

 

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Subaru Motorsports has decades of experience participating in and winning rally championships. These are some of the most difficult, unforgiving conditions to drive in. Subaru’s ARA team drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana are up to the challenge, though, and have earned 10 championships for Subaru Motorsports over the last 11 years.

You can have your own street-legal WRX or WRX STI for a very reasonable starting MSRP. The 2017 WRX starts at $26,695, which is a steal considering the race-bred handling, braking, and overall performance you get out of it. With Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive, 268 horsepower, and 258 pound-feet of torque, the base WRX is a blast to drive around Lafayette, and even more fun on track days. Upgrade to the STI for 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet.

All that, and the WRX can comfortable seat five and carry cargo in the trunk.

Don’t need a lot of space for passengers or cargo? The 2017 Subaru BRZ is an affordable sports car for the driving enthusiast. It does have a rear seat, but quite honestly, your friends will not want to road trip across the country back there. You can fit some essentials in the trunk, but the BRZ was not built for cargo space. It was purpose-built for fun.

 

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Subaru’s only rear-wheel drive vehicle boasts sport-tuned suspension, quick-ratio steering, sport seating, and a low center of gravity. A naturally aspirated, direct-injection 2.0-liter engine provides 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, making for a great power-to-weight ratio in this two-door coupe.

Subaru outfitted the BRZ with high-end materials for a ride that feels much fancier than the price tag would indicate. For less than $30,000 you can have a performance-based sports car; the 2017 BRZ starting MSRP is just $25,495. Upgrade to the performance package for Brembo brakes, SACHS suspension, and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

The WRX and BRZ both pack a whole lot of fun and excitement into safe, reasonably priced cars. Come in for a test drive and you’ll see what we mean!

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