2015 Subaru BRZ had me at Aozora

Written by on October 13, 2014 in Cars and Chicks, Perspectives, Trends - 23 Comments

Krystyna Lagowski 2015 SuSo I’m not usually fickle. In fact, I’m about as loyal as it gets. But when I saw the slinky 2015 Subaru BRZ Aozora, in sparkling white pearl with drop-dead black on black alloy wheels, I was pretty much a goner.

Now, your basic BRZ is already the sexiest Subaru you’ve ever seen. But this was one of only 200 special limited edition “Aozora” editions. And not to throw more letters out there, but it also had an STI body kit. Sort of like a haute-couture BRZ, as opposed to an off-the-rack BRZ. Ooo, mama. Wasn’t I going to be travelling in very high style?!

Still, as I slithered into the blue and black driver’s seat, I felt a little guilty. Almost like I was cheating on the Miata. I mean, was it morally acceptable to covet another car when I had promised my heart to the Mazda roadster?Subaru BRZ angle

And earlier in the year, I’d had a Toyota Scion FRS. (there’s another bunch of letters for you) The FRS and the BRZ are essentially the same car, known by auto wags as the “Toyobaru.” Since Toyota owns 17% of Fuji, Subaru’s parent company, a team of designers from both shops huddled around a couple of computers and came up with one of the most brilliant small sportscar designs since, well, the Miata.

BRZ interiorBut I’d had the Scion at the beginning of March, and gotten stuck in a snowstorm. Already, the Subaru had an advantage – better weather, and a limited edition STI kit. Okay, so it was STI in cosmetic terms only, but STILL. It had to be the most provocative set of wheels I’d seen in a while. Glossy white, with a pouty lower lip in front and back, and a blithe low profile spoiler atop the trunk.

Inside, the seats were blue leather with black Alcantara (kinda like Ultrasuede, but flame retardant), and blue stitching. That included the steeringBRZ headlight wheel – which was blue and black, and nicely devoid of any trappings. In a car like this, you don’t want to be overwhelmed by technology, which detracts from the singular pleasure of driving. So although there was a small touchscreen for navigation, audio and bluetooth, the tech was, thank goodness, minimal.

And the Subaru needed little urging to leap forward – the short-throw six-speed manual shifter felt like an extension of my arm. Giddy-up! As the car surged forward, a ripple of joy shimmied down to my belly. Gears switched in harmony with every breath I took, and I fluttered and exhaled my way down the road. The synchronicity was almost indecent, and every time the car coiled around a curve, a tremulous rush enveloped me.

Completely infatuated, I couldn’t stop driving the Subaru. Even when it was parked in my underground, I made up excuses to take the garbage and recycling downstairs every day. Sometimes, more than once. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it. I ran out of room on my iPhone. It was almost embarrassing.BRZ front

Then, a completely unexpected announcement from Sirius. They were launching a Barbra Streisand channel to coincide with the release of her new CD. I have been an unstoppable Streisand freak since the age of 12, and to think that I could drive in this heavenly machine, with non-stop Streisand on the sound system, well, blew what was left of my besotted brain.

And one day, after I had met all my deadlines, I got in the Subaru, turned on the Streisand channel, and drove. For eight hours, I just drove. There, out on the Niagara Escarpment, Streisand surrounded me, accompanied by the smoothly revving engine. This was not just bliss, it was something more. It was a crescendo of machine, song and spirit, climbing into the clouds – an intoxication of happiness. I didn’t want it to end. I didn’t care that I was BRZ tail-lightcheating on the Miata, and that the Scion FRS had never even stood a chance. Twisting into hairpin turns, clambering up hillocks and racing past farmers fields, it was impossible to stay level-headed. Adrenalin buzzed down my spine, and flexed into my arms.

As the sun went down, I coaxed myself and the BRZ into a U-turn, and headed east. Not quite into the sunset, but homeward, where a bottle of strong Zubrowka vodka waited for me.

From Aozora to Zubrowka, it was one hell of a car.

And one day, we will meet again.

Maybe … in a March snowstorm, so I can REALLY compare it with its Toyota cousin.

It would only be fair.Krystyna Lagowski with camera



23 Comments on "2015 Subaru BRZ had me at Aozora"

  1. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) October 13, 2014 at 11:03 pm · Reply

    Damn I love these posts! I’d like to see the snowstorm comparison, however…you are right…it would only be fair. It sure is a looker though…you had me at black and blue leather seats:) I sure didn’t know about the whole “Toyobaru.” thing! Interesting…can’t keep track of who owns who anymore and is it just me or are more cars looking alike these days? Don’t know if it’s design engineer jumpers of design engineer sharing:) Do have a question…ever met a car you didn’t like?

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 17, 2014 at 3:04 am · Reply

      I’m so hoping I can talk the good people at Subaru into lending me one of these in March, when the weather is less than perfect. I mean, these actually come with seat warmers, so it’s not such a stretch. Car design has been somewhat predictable in the past few years, but the public wants to be engaged. So the manufacturers are ramping up their design skills – even the new Camry looks kind of interesting. And indeed, Jacqui, I am guilty of loving too many cars. Having said that, I do love more some than others … : ))

  2. Ken Dowell October 14, 2014 at 1:24 am · Reply

    Totally not the image I have n mind when I think of Subaru. The black wheels on the white car are stunning.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 17, 2014 at 3:01 am · Reply

      That’s what a lot of people have been saying, Ken! Although they’re well known for their rally cars, most people think of Subaru as practical, safe, boxy cars that can go anywhere. Sometimes, you gotta shake things up a bit!

  3. Jeri October 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm · Reply

    It’s such fun as always to read these posts and dream a little dream about your latest test drive. I’m not sure the Subaru BRZ would be the car for me, but you do make it look awfully tempting.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 17, 2014 at 3:00 am · Reply

      Well, Jeri, you might be surprised. Sometimes a car brings out something in my being that I just wasn’t aware of until I started driving it. Of course, I always get to return it at the end of the week. But sometimes, it’s SO hard to do that!

  4. Susan Cooper October 14, 2014 at 10:04 pm · Reply

    I am Subaru fan. In fact I own an older Subaru now. This car is one that is on our list to seriously check out when we finally make decision as to what new car we will buy. That said, I so appreciate your review. 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 17, 2014 at 2:57 am · Reply

      Susan, you’d have so much fun driving this! Subaru really hit a home run with this model. To get Subaru reliability with all these good looks and sex appeal? You can’t go wrong!

  5. Lenie October 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm · Reply

    I love reading these posts – the way you write is absolutely wonderful. You almost had me thinking the car was human. What a fun person you are.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 17, 2014 at 2:56 am · Reply

      Oh, Lenie, you’re so sweet! In fact, cars do have qualities that we ascribe to humans, like reliability and responsiveness, to name just two. They also have personalities – some are exciting, some are practical (to a fault!), others are accommodating. And so on.

  6. Angela October 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm · Reply

    Love how you’ve almost humanized the cars your write about. They all have their background and their personality. You’re relationship with them is like finding the perfect match or a friendship. And you certainly have your preferences. It’s fun being able to see you have fun with these cars.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 17, 2014 at 2:52 am · Reply

      Thanks, Angela! I think each car does have its own personality, even within brands. And it is very much like getting to know a new friend or acquaintance. So why not have some fun and make the most of it?!!

  7. andleeb October 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm · Reply

    I always enjoy reading your posts and your knowledge and details amaze me the way you are into cars as inmy part we just think that male can be good drivers and they only are one who know about cars.
    Between 2015 Subaru BRZ Aozora seems very nice car.
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  8. Ajay October 17, 2014 at 9:21 am · Reply

    Stunner Pics! I rarely see SUBARU here in British Columbia.
    You have certainly added few more stars to the beauty of this wonder-car!

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm · Reply

      Thanks for the lovely compliment, Ajay! Surprised that there aren’t more Subaru out in B.C. – they’re so very popular in other parts of Canada. And I agree, it is a wonder-car!

  9. Arleen October 17, 2014 at 11:27 pm · Reply

    I can only image how you felt listening to Streisand and driving. You did Subaru proud. You post made me want to try out a Subaru. Now that is saying something.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 21, 2014 at 2:15 am · Reply

      Arleen, I was – almost – at a loss for words! If you look up “happy” in the dictionary, there would be a big picture of me in the BRZ listening to Streisand, with an enormous smile on my face. Wait – I was singing along, so maybe not …

  10. Tim October 18, 2014 at 5:49 pm · Reply

    I find myself thinking “How the hell does she get to do this” with eny. You always write with so much passion and the articles are entertaining to boot. Who would have thought a Subaru would make such a great subject.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 21, 2014 at 2:16 am · Reply

      You know, I got that a lot with this car. People were quite surprised that it was, in fact, a Subaru. I guess people think of them as practical people movers. The BRZ is anything but. Well, it’s more practical than one would think …

  11. Beth Niebuhr October 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm · Reply

    I know. I feel a little ashamed for betraying my beloved Miata by enjoying the luxury of another car. I love your choice of words – you slithering into the seat and the pouty lower lip of the car, for example. You are a delight to read.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 21, 2014 at 2:18 am · Reply

      You feel guilty too?! I’m so glad I’m not alone. And thank you for the lovely compliment. This car just inspired all kinds of feelings and language. Some, I really couldn’t commit to paper/screen …

  12. Meredith Wouters October 21, 2014 at 2:07 am · Reply

    Wow, 8 hours of driving, just for fun? That really must be some car! I love your passion for these cars, and every time you make me see them in a new way. I also love the pic of you and your camera in the side mirror!

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 21, 2014 at 2:19 am · Reply

      Well, to be honest, I got out a couple of times to take pictures! And I did stop to have a coffee. I didn’t want a take-out because I was nervous about spilling it and mucking up the interior. Glad you enjoyed it!

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