2013 Subaru BRZ (top), and 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T. Click image to enlarge
|Long-Term Test: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Test Drive: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 GT
Test Drive: 2013 Subaru BRZ
Day-by-Day Review: 2013 Subaru BRZ
Review and photos by James Bergeron
Unlike large, big money US magazines, TV shows and websites, the small guys up here in the great white north do not, for the most part, have the luxury of calling up manufacturers who then drop everything to make our requests come true. As a result, when a car like the Subaru BRZ crosses our paths and we happen to have a Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the driveway as well, evil thoughts of track time and performance shootouts engulf our minds day and night.
So readers can complain all they want, that we did not test the Genesis R-Spec vs the Subaru BRZ, or that we should have included this car or that — we aren’t listening. What we have here is the all-new 2013 Subaru BRZ in base form, priced at $27,295, and a Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Premium model with six-speed manual, which happens to be priced at $29,899, a little more than our Subaru tester. Without the Premium Package, this Genesis Coupe’s price would come in at $26,499 — a very close price match to our Subaru tester.
If we added the Sport Tech package – which includes leather and a few other goodies — to the Subaru, we would have nearly identically equipped and priced cars.
You can read about interior comfort and refinement Day-by-Day Review of the Subaru BRZ, or Chris Chase’s Update on our Long-Term Hyundai Genesis Coupe as this test is focused purely on driving and the fun associated with it, and which car brought the goods in terms of driving pleasure and all-out performance.
It was a beautiful sunny Wednesday in August, when myself and a friend grabbed the keys to these two gems and headed straight to Calabogie Motorsports park just 45 minutes north of Ottawa. This would be our test venue to ensure a fair comparison on a closed course. With me was my trusty Traqmate data logger (a highly accurate GPS and accelerometer-based data acquisition device), some GoPros and a digital camera for some glamour shots.
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T (top), and 2013 Subaru BRZ. Click image to enlarge
First, some data: Calabogie Motorsports park is a 5.05-km long course that consists of 20 corners and a 609-meter (2,000-foot) straight. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T weighs in roughly at 1,580 kg (3,480 lb) and is rated at 274 horsepower, giving it a 12.7 lb/hp power-to-weight ratio. The 2013 Subaru BRZ weighs about 1,270 kg (2,800 lb), so its 200 horsepower means a ratio of 14.0 lb/hp.
Clearly the Hyundai has the advantage where power is required, but the nearly 315 kg (700 lb) weight differential should play into the hands of the Subaru in most of the 20 corners. Battle on!
I’m not a professional driver; nobody pays me to drive fast on a racetrack. But give me a car and a track and I will push it hard with the skills that I have developed over the years. I have far too many hours and laps at Calabogie Motorsports park to count, so I know the track well. The goal here was a somewhat of a blind test, in that I would take each car out on the track, do one warm up, one hot lap, record a time and then finish with one cool down lap.
Perhaps this does not lend itself to which car can actually do the fastest lap, but it’s also a measure of which car is easier to drive and offers a driver more confidence out of the box. Three, four, or five laps in each car would certainly reveal slightly faster times, although I suspect the difference would be slight between both cars either way, as the brakes warmed up and tires got too hot.