19. Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86
One of the most prominent small, affordable performance cars is the Subaru BRZ. The sports coupe comes with a signature flat-four naturally aspirated engine that delivers 205 HP out of 2.0 liters. The BRZ is a light and nimble coupe, and the secret is in the position of the engine. Since Subaru uses flat-four engines, the center of gravity is lower than the regular inline four-cylinder type.
A lower center of gravity means the car is strongly planted to the ground, which helps the driving dynamics by allowing the vehicle to handle better. Equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, the BRZ is a pure driver’s car that offers lively performance and engaging drive.
A 0 to 60 mph sprint takes 6.7 seconds while the top speed is 145 mph. With the affordable price and those performance numbers, the BRZ is a highly desirable model. Also, since they developed the BRZ in cooperation with Toyota, it means that the BRZ and Toyota GT86 are practically twins, only with different badges on the grille.
Why is it important? Toyota has introduced a pure, affordable sports car in the era of large and heavy performance SUVs.