Torque Report: 2014 Subaru BRZ gets high tech upgrades
The 2014 Subaru BRZ is still light weight, has a low center of gravity and has precise handling, but the new model goes high-tech with two new standard features. Subaru has announced the new 2014 BRZ in Canada and its comes with some new high-tech features for the new model year. We can still expect the same fun-to-drive two door coupe sports car with a 200 horsepower Boxer engine with 151 lb. ft of torque. But it comes with some notable new upgrades inside.
What’s new for 2014?
Most notably, the new entry-model BRZ comes with a standard in-dash GPS navigation system featuring a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen. New for the 2014 model year, the BRZ's navigation system is now voice-activated and also includes XM Satellite Radio (free 3-month trial subscription included) and XM NavTraffic (subscription required).
Other key user-friendly technologies include an AM/FM stereo, single-disc in-dash CD player, MP3/WMA capability, USB port, 3.5 mm auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity and audio streaming.
Two levels of equipment
The new 2014 BRZ will feature two levels of equipment for additional comfort. The Subaru BRZ Sport-tech Package offers some external goodies like front fog lights, and in the rear, body-color trunk spoiler. Inside, the seats are upholstered with Alcantara inserts and leather bolsters.
The BRZ Sport-tech Package substitutes a dual-zone automatic climate control for the entry level BRZ's manual HVAC system. In the BRZ Sport-tech Package, heated front seats as well as keyless access and start with illuminated engine start/stop button add to the convenience and sporty attitude of the car. Also, the dual visor vanity mirrors are illuminated, while front door courtesy lights illuminate when the doors are opened.
Driving enthusiasts can still choose between a six-speed manual and an optional six-speed automatic gearbox. Subaru Canada did not release pricing, but in the U.S., the 2014 BRZ gets a slight price increase of $100 over the 2013 model.
The 2014 Subaru BRZ will still remain a popular sport coupe with its affordable price and fun to drive attitude and its a great choice for driving enthusiasts. While the horsepower remains the same, so does the level of driving dynamics that Canadian buyers are looking for. Look for more Torque News stories upcoming on the new 2014 Subaru BRZ.