So on Friday I got to (finally) see a BRZ up close and in person. I didn't get to drive it, but was able to sit in it, start it up, etc. I thought I'd share my impressions of what I think so far. Fellow BRZ-Club.com member andycapp also showed up, so I hope he chimes in with his impressions as well.
Exterior....the car was a Premium / AT in Galaxy Blue. I have to say it was gorgeous. So much so that, if I go ahead with the order, I'm going to change my Black order to Galaxy Blue. Really looked good. My favorite view was the back, sans spoiler...I just like the clean looks of the car w/o "attachments". I also like the look of the car w/o fog lights for the same reason. Because there are lights there, it doesn't look "empty", but isn't cluttered with multiple lights like it does if you get the Limited.
I'm sad to say the interior was a bit...underwhelming. Now I freely admit, as the car I drove to the dealership was my '06 Cayman S, that comparisons were hard to avoid and, in that sense, the BRZ flat loses across the board. Were it parked next to a Miata or other similarly priced car, I can't say it would have looked so...I don't want to say bad...I'll stick with underwhelming. And I do have to say, I feel like my Legacy 3.6R has a better interior, and maybe even the latest Impreza. It also doesn't help that the car was the regional manager's car, and it wasn't clean. It had clearly been driven a lot, complete with kick scrapes at the bottoms of the doors and sills, and slightly muddy / dirty carpets, etc. In other words, it wasn't really set up to show. But that also told me something about how it might look to me as a daily driver. Overall I wasn't impressed.
One other note...the seats are heavily bolstered, and were perfectly comfortable for my 5'-11" / 225lb / 38" waist frame except for the side bolsters, which dug into my lower back a bit. I think it might have been ok for short drives, but as we'd be using this as a travel car, I don't think they'd be comfortable for very long. Other than that, I felt I had plenty of room around me and everything was in easy reach. So from a functional / spacial standpoint, the interior scores high with me. Just wish I wasn't so fat...
My dealer said they could install heated seats for about $400, so if I go ahead with the order, I'm going to ditch the Limited idea and go with the Premium and just have them put in heated seats. I'll get the Galaxy Blue with the AT. But I told my sales rep I can't buy without a thorough test drive, so he's going to try to arange something before too long. I'll post here if I get to. If they can't, I'll be cancelling my order and waiting until they have more "on the lot" so that I can drive one.
So now let me see if I can upload some pics...all exterior, sorry. Maybe the BRZ / Cayman side-by-side pics will make up for the lack of interior shots.