Both were clad in a new light blue (almost baby blue) paintwork, but we have to admit it worked better on the WRX with its contrasting black painted bits. The BRZ on the other hand just looked a little too soft.
Subaru always produce an “S” series for its older models and my colleague Pierre-Laurent Ribault (who kindly provided a few photos for this article) was explaining me that they usually sell all of them within 2 weeks!
With only 450 cars produced in total, the S208, like its predecessors will become a rarity you would only probably get to see at car meets. With the disappearance of its arch nemesis from Mitsubishi, the WRX STI is now peerless in the compact performance sedan category and we definitely hope Subaru will continue building these exciting cars.
Subaru’s Japan only BRZ STI comes with a stiffer chassis and firmer suspension but still packs the same 200hp-ish FJ20, which was disappointing actually.
Another car we personally enjoyed was the Up! GTI. The sporty version of the urban compact looked incredible and comes with a proper six-speed manual transmission and 113hp.
In fact the car reminded of the Golf GTI Mk1 (Nick’s favourite VW car of all times and his very first car actually)! In a sea of Hybrid and EV cars, this little manual sports compact was definitely a breath of fresh air!