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Subaru announces the price of a BRZ

Published: 01 May 2012

£24,995. That's what Subaru have announced that its rather splendid and resolutely rear-wheel drive BRZ will cost, replete with new-car smell. But what d'you get for your money?

The details released today are thus. There are two models - the 2.0i SE and 2.0i SE Lux (yours for 27,995). You get a choice of a six-speed manual or, for £1,500 more, a six-speed automatic with flappy paddles. Both get a very snazzy limited-slip differential (great for skids, kids), full air conditioning, and a set of the debatable 17-inch rims pictured.

There's also (deep breath) electrically-folding door mirrors, keyless entry, push-button engine start, leather-trimmed steering wheel, parking brake and gearshift lever; and six-speaker stereo with CD, radio and iPod connectivity. Lux models get heated leather seats.

Any tasty goodies on the equipment list, then? Erm, no. There are two optional extras: Pioneer satellite navigation (£1,000) and special paint finishes (£500).

So comparatively cheap then, for a car that is, according to our man Paul Horrell, "a serious laugh". He was much taken with it, and we anticipate many takers when it finally goes on sale.

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Still, times are tough. So if you're looking for cheaper thrills, we also recruited the Falken drift champions to handpick a selection of keenly-priced offerings that promise similar levels of sideways thrills. Albeit at the possible cost of reliability, safety, speed, and that new-car smell...

Click on to see their suggestions

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