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Subaru BRZ revealed

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30th November, 2011

Fuji Heavy Industries version of the Toyota 86 sports car, the Subaru BRZ is making its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show this week.

Subaru describes the rear-whel drive BRZ as possessing “superior steering response and driving pleasure.”

The BRZ’s horizontally-opposed Boxer engine is positioned even lower than in other Subaru models, producing one of the lowest centres of gravity available.

FHI says this equates to “astonishing handling character” and combined with a light weight chassis it results in a “pure handling delight.”

The low centre of gravity allows for a low bonnet. Styling features 'muscular' bulging guards, while the Subaru hexagonal grille underlines the brand heritage.

Front and rear overhangs are minimised, adding to the sporty appeal.

Inside, the small steering wheel aids BRZ’s sports manoeuvrability.

A tachometer with digitally displayed speedometer is at the centre of the gauge lay out, keeping the driver informed without diverting attention from the road.

Sports car seats specifically designed for BRZ aid the occupants low, sporty feeling.

The Subaru BRZ's engine is highly efficient both in output and environmental efficiency. The high-revving 2.0 litre normally aspirated four-cylinder Boxer produces 147 Kilowatts of power and 205 Newtonmetres of torque. It uses Toyota’s D-4S direct injection and port technology.

It is made even more compact by measures including a shorter intake manifold and shallower oil pan.

BRZ’s transmission options are focused on shift and feel.

The six-speed manual has a short stroke shift lever, optimised for rigidity, shift quality and weight application.

The six speed automatic has “S” mode, for better shifting response and “M” mode for optional shifting. Also, with paddle shift and downshifting blipping control. The car can accurately respond to the driver’s inputs.

BRZ’s lightweight yet highly rigid body was developed exclusively to maximise the advantages of the low centre of gravity.

High tensile steel is used in the body for weight reduction, while the aluminium bonnet also reduces weight. The structure is also fine-tuned for pedestrian protection.

BRZ features lightweight and highly rigid aluminium wheels.

The car is equipped with electronic stability control.

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Major specifications

  • Overall length x width x height (mm): 4,240 x 1,775 x 1,300
  • Wheelbase (mm): 2,570
  • Curb weight (kg): 1,220
  • Power: 147 kW
  • Torque: 205 Nm
  • Engine: 2.0 litre horizontally-opposed Boxer direct injection
  • Transmission 6MT/E6-AT
  • Drive train: Rear wheel drive
  • Suspension: Front: strut; rear: double wishbone
  • Tyres: 215/45R17

Subaru Australia, who have a four-wheel drive only business plan, are yet to determine if the new Subaru BRZ will be released in Austrlia. The Next Car team is anticipating the new sports car will come to Australia.


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