What is it?
The BRZ drives as if in perfect harmony, almost totally neutral and with little apparent roll, pitch or dive. It steers like it has no weight to deal with, and when nearing the limit, you get loads of warning before things get critical. Even the steering, despite being electrically assisted, is impressive: the springy weighting is lovely and it delivers real sensations back to your hands.
Though it's firm, the ride is OK because you sit so low and so far from the wheels, there's very little pitch and rock. The seats are brilliant and the legs-forward driving position spot-on. Everything quietens down decently at a motorway cruise. It's easy to see out of, too.
On the inside
The BRZ is not massively fast. Developing 200bhp and a meagre 151lb ft of torque, it hits 62mph in 7.6 seconds - 8.2s if you plump for the auto. It's light though, and Subaru has at least worked what little torque there is really hard: almost all of it is available before 3,000rpm. This means it picks up well when you put your foot down at low revs and, although it tails off in the mid range, it becomes very keen and energetic in the final 2,000rpm.
Yes, and, dare we say it, cooler than it's Toyota-badged sibling.