2013 Subaru BRZ officially confirmed for the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 6, 2012

Set to make its U.S. debut on Jan. 9 at the North American International Auto Show is the production version of the all-new, rear-wheel drive 2013 Subaru BRZ sports car. The show will take place at the Cobo Hall in Detroit. Subaru of America Inc. said that the BRZ will be adding a new product line. The Subaru brand has recently revealed that its sales had grown for the past four years.

It was also able to reach a new all-time vehicle sales record for 2011. Arriving in Subaru’s dealerships in late spring is the 2013 BRZ, which was designed with excellent handling in mind.

To achieve this target, Subaru engineers built a chassis that would offer the lowest possible center of gravity (CoG) that makes use of the exceptional packaging of the brand's Boxer engine design. They developed an all-new naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower horizontally opposed (Boxer) engine.

It was built to be more compact so that it may be positioned lower and farther back in the chassis. There had to be a rear-drive layout so that a low CoG is achieved.

The mounting of the engine had to be at its lowest in the chassis. This engine placement enables a low polar moment and an almost perfect balance for pure sports car handling.

With a low vehicle weight of slightly more than 2,700 lbs., the direct injected 2.0-liter can hasten acceleration as it revs to its 7,400 RPM redline. A six-speed manual or automatic transmission is available for the Subaru BRZ.

BRZ achieves a slim, sleek, athletic stance with a 50.6-inch height, a swept-back roofline, bulging front fenders, short overhangs and distinct rear haunches.

The Subaru BRZ provides daily comfort with a high dose of practicality with its 2+2 seating and trunk space that may be expanded. The 2013 Subaru BRZ also features the core powertrain and the chassis engineering of the brand.

One of the highlights of the 2013 Subaru BRZ is that in addition to having a very remarkable maneuverability, the ultra-low center of gravity results in excellent stability. This in turn allows for the sharp and straight response to its steering and therefore improves how the driver is connected to the vehicle. In fact, all models will come with the electronic stability control to improve not only the driving pleasure but also its safety. For its suspension, the front utilizes struts that offer high rigidity but in a light weight.

The rear suspension meanwhile delivers better shock absorption due to the double wishbone configuration. Under the ultra-low center of gravity package, a low front hood was made possible by lowering the mount of the front strut but retaining its stroke. Helping with this are the rigid and lightweight aluminum wheels fitted to which are the tires sized 215/45R17.

Its body in particular also exhibits high-rigidity and is lightweight. This was done in order to make the most out of the ultra-low center of gravity package. By using a set-up of a perimeter-type body frame, it was possible to have a low driving position and a low center of gravity. Since the vehicle does have a light weight, this is balanced by making sure that the body’s frame structure is durable and rigid.

Durability is important as it helps with safety against collisions while rigidity, especially if optimized, makes for excellent drivability. To lower the weight of the body even further, high tensile steel was used, particularly on the model’s upper structure. This also helped in getting a low center of gravity for the Subaru BRZ. Additionally, lightness is guaranteed with the use of aluminum for its front hood.

As the structure itself was modified to allow for a low style, it also enhanced pedestrian protection performance. Aside from the configuration and the materials used, the driving pleasure was enhanced by fitting in a transmission that puts emphasis on the response of the shift and its feel. The manual 6-speed transmission makes use of a short stroke shift lever which has been optimized in terms of weight application, shift quality, rigidity.

It therefore offers the best shift feel. There is also the automatic 6-speed transmission where the M mode allows for optional shifting with the S model delivering improved shifting response. By having downshifting blipping control and paddle shift, it ensures that the Subaru BRZ can immediately respond to whatever input the driver has made.

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