The cupholders reside well behind the driver's right arm, so you're never at risk of bumping them while driving, and the rear seats excel at holding bags, jackets and other items you don't want rolling around in the trunk.
Those are gains of 23 hp and 28 lb-ft over the outgoing BRZ's 2.
Those numbers don't represent massive bumps, but the torque curve is broader and gives drivers a notably punchier, more usable powerband.
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In fact, if you fold down the rear seat there should even be enough room to fit a second set of sticky tires, should that autocross weekend beckon.
The cabin is much improved and no longer feels like a random-chance conglomeration from a late-Nineties parts bin.