HOW TO AVOID THE BLING STING
THE moral of the BRZ special edition is don’t pay full hook for accessories and have them fitted after purchase.
Subaru says the recommended retail price of its upgraded bling amounts to $9040 on manual models or $7990 for automatic versions.
Wheels apart, most of the cost is in the labour and painting the accessories to match the car colour.
The inclusions run from aerodynamic aids to larger wheels and prettier panel appendages but they collectively amount to bling from the company’s STI performance arm.
At $9000 it’s not a pretty picture; for $3500 it’s a cheap way to dress up what is already a good-looking sports car.
In terms of practicality the additions vary, ranging from a rear underbody diffuser to 17-inch wheels, short-throw manual shift mechanism with STI-branded gearknob, STI front side and rear spoilers, push-button start switch and GT stripes.