At yesterday’s Thanksgiving festivities, my sister-in-law discreetly pulled me aside saying she had a question. In a tone of voice just beyond a whisper, she said, “I really like the new Subaru BRZ. It must be all-wheel-drive, because it’s a Subaru, right?”
She looked hopefully at me, as though confirming her inquiry would result in a trip to the dealer for a Black Friday shopping extravaganza. Of course, I had to let her down gently.
“Well, actually, the BRZ was developed as a sports car project with Toyota and comes only in rear-wheel-drive….”
I could see her hopes deflate before my eyes, the visions of Northwest winters in a Subaru sports car fading from her mind. I tried to offer some hope, though, with a list of some other fun sports cars that would be suitable for one of our typical snow and ice-filled winters.
It’s not the BRZ, but it packs 305-horsepower into genuine symmetrical AWD fun.
If the WRX shows up on a list, the Mitsu Evo is always nearby. With 291-hp and Super All-Wheel Control (yes, that’s what it’s called), the Evo remains a fine winter performance choice.
The TT goes head-to-head with the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4, but boasts one thing its rivals don’t: all-wheel drive. Choose the 211-horsepower, four-cylinder 2.0T or the 340-horsepower TT RS, and know you can drive in any weather condition. Even topless in the snow, should you opt for a convertible.
BMW 335i xDrive
This one borders the line of being called a sports car. It’s more of a family sedan, but offers enough sport in its driving that it could conceivably be considered an AWD alternative to the BRZ.
What would you recommend as an AWD sports car capable of handling winter driving?