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Vehicle Dynamic Control features electronic stability control, anti-lock braking, electronic brakeforce distributi­on, brake assist, traction control and hill start assist.

You don’t so much climb into the BRZ tS seats, as drop into them over generous side bolsters, which are designed to provide lateral support to occupants in spirited driving.

Strictly a 2+2, all four seats are snug and low to the ground, adding to the car’s low centre of gravity and giving occupants a feeling of speed characteri­stic of a performanc­e car.

Legroom in the back is limited despite the front seats having especially thin backs.

There is no loss of driver confidence in Subaru’s to two-wheel drive, instead of four-wheel drive as is fitted to all other Subarus. BRZ’s suspension produces plenty of grip and stability.

A flexible draw stiffener links the front suspension cross-member and chassis subframe at an angle and applies a pre-load. This ensures the car responds in a broad range of driving situations, including turn-in, driving through ruts, in crosswinds and rain.

Sachs shock absorbers, tuned exclusivel­y by STI, deliver linear steering response, while coil springs, also tuned by STI, limit body roll and provide a flat, quality feel for smooth ride comfort. The springs are painted in STI’s characteri­stic cherry red.

High performanc­e Michelin Pilot Sport 4 215 / 40R18 tyres were selected by STI, following extensive testing, ensuring their suitabilit­y to the tuned suspension and body reinforcem­ents.

On premium unleaded petrol the test car came up with consumptio­n of 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres in a mix of suburban and highway driving.

Much pleasure is to be gained by driving the BRZ, especially the six-speed manual, with its short, sharp gearshifts at high revs to the accompanim­ent of the glorious deep throated growl typical of a boxer engine filling cabin.

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