The perfect cure for the blues

The color blue has many different meanings depending on which region of the world you're in. In France, for example, it’s a color strongly associated with royalty and aristocracy. In Iran, it represents mourning, and sadness. For most of us, it’s just another color. But for Subaru, it’s more than that.

The Subaru BRZ Hyperblue is a statement. It represents the brand’s ability to stand out from the bland and blasé crowd from which it has never, and hopefully never will grow accustom to. Placed on a car like the BRZ makes even more sense, the first true sports coupe the company has ever made, and arguably the best new two-door you can buy for under $35,000. The two together are a culmination of masterful thinking and creativity, resulting in a car that most definitely won’t get lost in the fray.

Subaru Has A Perfect Cure for the Blues — More Blue: Review

For around $27,690, you can pick up a BRZ Series.Hyperblue, not including dealer fees. It comes with a manual gearbox, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine, and rear-wheel drive. If you need anything else on a car, go buy a Camry. It’s as pure as one can get in today’s technology-focused market. It does come with a nifty new infotainment system and Bluetooth, but that’s about as far from ‘advanced’ as the steering wheel here and now in the year 2016.

Subaru Has A Perfect Cure for the Blues — More Blue: Review

The blue exterior is eye-popping. Pair that with a set of 17-inch gloss black wheels and it’ll draw more attention than an R8 (which it did). Forgoing the aero bits from the previous Series.Blue, it tones down in the body work and cranks up the color. The inside gets a more subtle look, including new colored stitching on the seats and a faux carbon fiber trim on the dash, but remains overall the same from the standard BRZ. The drive is phenomenal, per usual BRZ style. The dynamics on this special edition haven’t been changed at all from stock, keeping its signature balanced, performance-oriented personality in check. And the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder under the hood produces 200 horsepower, which is just enough. Sadly, only 500 examples of the BRZ will get the hyper blue and black setup. And by this time, most of which are probably close to being sold out. The silver lining is other than color, it’s just your average run-of-the-mill BRZ…a great car either way.

Subaru Has A Perfect Cure for the Blues — More Blue: Review

Specs Engine: 2.0L 4-Cylinder Horsepower: 200 Price (base): $27,690 Positives Great color Nice cabin It's still a BRZ Negatives Spring-loaded clutch Photo Credit: Jeff Perez

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