Subaru BRZ named ‘Car of the Year’ by VDI
The Subaru BRZ has been named by Vehicle Dynamics International magazine as ‘Car of the Year’. The Awards’ judging panel – comprised of vehicle dynamicists, automotive engineers and technical journalists – also recognised the role of the BRZ’s development leader, Toshio Masuda, by naming him ‘Dynamicist of the Year’.
Subaru shares these two Awards with the BRZ’s near-identical sister, the Toyota GT86, and its chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.
Jury panel member Peter Cambridge, a respected performance car dynamicist, welcomed the Subaru BRZ and GT86 as “the new generation of affordable rear-wheel-drive coupes”.
Graham Heeps, Editor of Vehicle Dynamics International, commented: “For some time now we’ve been beating the drum for simplicity. Cars that take a less-is-more approach and offer fun at legal speeds have been thin on the ground.”
Having already secured widespread media acclaim for its engaging handling, winning the Vehicle Dynamics International Car of the Year Award is further confirmation that the BRZ has met Subaru’s objective of delivering ‘Pure Handling Delight’. The BRZ accomplishes this thanks to its light weight, low centre of gravity, front engine/rear-wheel-drive chassis balance, short wheelbase, and free-revving 2.0 litre Boxer engine.