HOW TO AVOID THE BLING STING

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

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.

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