0 to 60 mph times have been the most recognizable performance guide to benchmark cars for almost the time that the automobile has been able to reach 60 mph. Manufacturers pride themselves in posting respectable 0-60 mph times for many obvious reasons. One vehicle that the manufacturer’s 0-60 mph time seems to be a bit of a let-down is the new Subaru BRZ posting a 0-60 mph time of only 7.3 seconds.
Edmunds’ Inside Line recently tested the new 2013 Subaru BRZ’s 0-60 mph and quarter mile times landing 7.3 seconds and 15.3 seconds respectfully. Much of the disappointment in 0-60 mph times remains the BRZ’s failure to reach 60 mph in second gear. Basically, the rev-limiter kicks in a split second or so too soon stopping 2nd gear’s run right at 59.2 mph forcing the driver to shift to 3rd – hence adding extra time to get to 60 mph.
Of course in Edmunds’ tests they still found the BRZ to have a character comparable to that of a Porsche 911 GT3 and Lotus Exige in other feats. That says a lot about the BRZ being a truly ‘capable’ rear-wheel-drive sports coupe. Until tuners or the manufacturer provide some type of ECU flash to slightly raise the rev limiter, 0-60 times will be one of the very first mockeries of the prided Subaru BRZ (and possibly its Scion FR-S sibling).