'So How Do We Like The Automatic BRZ?'

Since I spent today waxing nostalgic about the Subaru SVX, it's only right that we showcase what modern Subaru is capable of. The 2013 Subaru BRZ is a favorite of ours, and the one in this MotorWeek test has something in common with its older brother.

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No, I'm not talking about two doors and a Boxer engine — I'm talking about an automatic transmission. In this clip from last year, John Davis says how much he and the MotorWeek crew dug the manual-having Scion FR-S. But they wanted to see if having a six-speed slushbox changed the game.

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Their assessment? They like the manual better.

Shocking, I know.

MotorWeek Theater is our showcase of some of our favorite classic reviews from public television's finest motoring program. How does this video only have 37,846 views? It makes me wanna hop in and "BRZ" ya later!

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DISCUSSION

I test drove one and it was a DOG. It felt DEAD compared to my bone stock MK6 GTI.

The Toyotabrus are very nice handling cars for the money, but the engine's power curve isn't accessible in most real world driving conditions - ESPECIALLY SO with the slushbox tranny.

The last time a new "fast car" went like this one was 1983.

In fact, a bone stock, 1983 5.0 liter HO Z28 (with a while 190 rated HP) would smoke this thing on any track you care to name - despite the Camaro's 500 pound and 30 year weight deficit.