On its own, there’s not much to “review” about the Subaru BRZ’s new Series.HyperBlue trim. Limited to just 500 units, the coupe wears a new shade of blue, its 17-inch wheels and exterior badges are painted black, and inside, the HyperBlue color carries over to the accent stitching and logos on the seats. I love – no, love – this color. If you’re a fan of the BRZ, like cool blues, and are thinking of picking up a 2016 model year example, this is the one to get. Plus, this car doesn’t have all that bolted-on visual stuff from last year’s Series.Blue.
HyperBlue aside, it’s the same BRZ it’s always been. Yes, Subaru’s updated Starlink infotainment system is now available, and there’s a frameless rearview mirror inside the cabin. That’s about it in terms of 2016 model year updates. But it’s still worth revisiting.
I’ve driven the BRZ at home in Detroit, and it’s lovely. It’s got a great chassis, it uses rear-wheel drive, and it’s powerful enough to have lots of fun at legal speeds. (Seriously, why does everyone keep complaining about “only” 200 horsepower? That’s plenty for this lightweight.) But until now, I’ve never had the chance to experience this coupe on a truly great road. So during a recent trip to southern California, I took a jaunt out to Angeles Crest Highway for a day of HyperBlue antics. On the right road, this car is even more charming than I remember.