They weren't testing on a track though. I'm not a track guy either, but I use to live out west along the Colorado eastern front range. We have all manner of twisty roads out there and few stoplights.You know what.....
I think people are getting too focused on the wrong metrics. Especially when talking about the Z vs 86. Because, from a "track" perspective, and I assume one with no long straights, that's the only way a 86 trumps a Z.
But, who TF is actually tracking their car? These journos talk like their audience is track stars.
All versions of the FM platform will slaughter any 86 in the only metric the majority of us could possibly play out..... at a red light.
So many times, I've seen the "superior dynamics" 86 acting silly in traffic, jetting in and out, the moment they pull up on my Q60, they settle right down because when we end up at the red light, they know what's up....we ain't doing lap times.
I like the idea of the new Z being a "Japanese muscle car" fine by me. I don't even know where the track is in Seattle.....
Just daily driving from my old house in the foothills to town would have been great fun, if I had my BRZ at that time. My son drove the BRZ out there on vacation and had a blast.
Now I'm stuck in flat Chicagoland with stoplights all over. Either way, hammering throttle in a straight line between stop lights, for me has never had much appeal. I love on/off ramps though.
Personally, I've come to like road connectedness and handling a lot, even at the expense of some insulating/comfort. So hopefully if Z has more wallow or whatever, it can be easily (and not too costly) addressed down the road.
(map of a Colorado canyon road I used to often travel)