BREAKING: Subaru BRZ to make production debut at Tokyo
Joining the Toyota GT 86 at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show will be the Subaru version of the sports coupe – known as the BRZ. Following its concept debut at the 2011 LA Auto Show in STI form, the Subaru BRZ will make its production debut this week as the first rear-wheel-drive sports car with a horizontally-opposed boxser engine.
“The Subaru Boxer engine in the BRZ was positioned even lower than other Subaru models so that the BRZ has one of the lowest possible centers of gravity on the market today,” Subaru said in a statement. “This low center of gravity produces astonishing handling character and combined with a light-weight chassis BRZ realizes Subaru’s aim for “Pure Handling Delight” — the driving experience taken to a new level.”
The Subaru BRZ stands 170 inches in length, 70 inches in width and 52 inches in height. It sits on a wheelbase that measures 101 inches.
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Weighing in at just 2,689 pounds, the Subaru BRZ is also powered by the same 2.0 liter 4-clyinder boxer engine in the Toyota GT 86. It makes 197-hp at 7,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 151 lb-ft at 6,600 rpm. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Sales of the Subaru BRZ will start in Japan and the UK early next year. No word on whether the model will come to the United States as of yet. The Toyota GT 86 will come to the United States as the Scion FR-S.
– By: Omar Rana