Miami to Savannah In A Subaru BRZ: Bold Drives
It was about a week before Thanksgiving, and I had decided that I needed to get away for the holidays. Sunny and 70 degrees all year round can really put some stress on a guy, am I right? But all the hustle and bustle of last year's LA Auto Show, a severe sickness following said auto show, and the juggling act around the holidays made for a much-needed vacation. So, where do you go when you have a girlfriend, no kids, and a brand new Subaru BRZ sitting in your driveway? Ok, no, I didn't go to Vegas — I went to Savannah, Georgia, the art capital of the South. And because beer.
It was my first time to Savannah, and living in sexy and sunny Miami, it was a nice change of pace from the mojito and sunscreen filled life that I've grown oh so accustomed to. But how would the BRZ fair on this trip? Well, it was definitely an adventure.
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So, we loaded our tiny little BRZ to the brim. The trunk filled up quickly, but the two backseats acted as a well-placed storage system for coats and small coolers. Besides, you can't actually fit any people back there anyways.
Soon, we hit the road, guns hot, and the BRZ stayed steady at about 28.5 mpg most of the way. That's about just a nudge more efficient than its sporty counterparts (Genesis coupe, 370Z, etc.). From then on, it was mostly unadventurous from Miami to Orlando, only having to avoid speed traps and 60 mph left lane drivers.
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We stopped for a restroom break just north of Orlando, and from the streaks on the front of the car (note: it rained the whole damn time), you could tell that the aerodynamics of this thing just cut through wind and water like a knife. Aerodynamics aside, those skinny tires do make it skittish on wet roads. Summer performance tires are not meant for inclement weather.
5 hours later and we made it to our Savannah destination in one piece — groggy, drained, and at each others throats. Like the FR-S, the BRZ is not the most comfortable road trip car, but it did manage to usher a "this gon' be fun" from the wide-eyed valet upon arrival, which made me grin...and then question his motives.
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Around town the BRZ was a hit. It garnered a number of stares and a few more interested parties would come over and give me a chat. "Who makes this?" said one older gentleman in both confusion and intrigue. And another "That's going to be my next car honey," followed by the wife's look of disgust.
It's like driving a mini Ferrari, it's just so much fun to look at, and even more fun to drive.
When it was all said and done, and our four day adventure was over, the Subaru BRZ became a star amongst Savannah's sleepy historic neighborhoods. From valets to over-eager husbands to drunk college kids, it was a refreshing change of pace in one of south's most beautiful cities.
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Photo Credit: Jeff Perez for BoldRide