On Tuesday, I finished an 800-mile New England trek in a black-on-black BRZ, Subaru's first-ever rear-wheel-drive sports car. I hopped out on the side of Route 107 in Gilmanton just long enough to snap a few photos, and not a moment more.
That's because Route 107 is brilliant. Route 107 makes your ears compress and pop. Route 107 is the reason lightweight cars like the Subaru BRZ exist. And it goes on for miles upon miles, where the entire road was seemingly all mine.
The BRZ, when it's not on the road side, is a man-magnet. Teenage boys and 40-something fathers couldn't take their eyes off the little Subaru. I stopped counting the amount of caveman-like head nods and open mouths along my drive. As one boy told me while I left a gas station in Holderness, the BRZ is "f$#$ng sweet." Apparently, this car completely sells itself.
I like how it looks, too. It's simple and pure. It's under $30,000 and not at all fast. It feels fast, thanks to a high-revving flat-four with a slightly lumpy idle that's like nothing else on the market. The steering and brakes are Porsche-worthy in their response (and dare I say, the BRZ has a more responsive electric steering rack than the new 911, which now is a little numb on-center).
As I write this after hiking for three hours and spending another three hours behind the wheel, I don't feel tired or sore, which says a lot about the BRZ's comfortable driving position and supportive seats.
Check this space again for more "Overdrives," where I'll occasionally post what I'm driving and where I'm driving it. This time, I admit, I got lucky.
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|Clifford Atiyeh is an automotive writer and car enthusiast . He has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own.
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