Originally Posted by Scooby South
2nd gear in mine goes to 59.4 mph with my rim/tire package according to my GPS. A tune will raise the redline to 8K and 63.3 mph which is sufficient for 0-60 and most Autocross courses.. The Soft limiter makes the car hard to drive as it gives up for what feels like ever before it re-engages...:/
I have an automatic BRZ and I hit 63 MPH at the top of 2nd gear. It's the ONLY thing that makes the automatic semi-redeemable. Even still, I'd rather have the manual that tops out at 59 (for many obvious reasons). I ran a manual FR-S at our last local event and it noticeably has more punch coming out of low speed turns due to the shorter gearing.
As others have said, a taller tire and a raised rev limiter should really hit the sweet spot for the manual. I'll just keep driving my silly automatic and hope for more courses that have long run-ups to the timing lights instead of starts that favor launching.