Subaru BRZ will get more power than the Toyota FT-86, maybe a convertible version too

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 27, 2011

Slated to start selling next summer, the new Subaru BRZ coupé is expected to have the lowest centre of gravity of any production car. The BRZ has a rear-wheel-drive configuration. This indicates that Subaru's compact 2.0-litre Boxer engine could be mounted even lower in the chassis than what’s typically possible in the conventional four-wheel-drive layout of the manufacturer. The vehicle is co-developed with Toyota but Subaru did the most of its engineering.

Nonetheless, the BRZ's flat-four unit will make use of a Toyota direct fuel-injection system. Its power outputs are different.

It has a Subaru-spec ECU that results to an output of “less than 300bhp,” compared with the 200bhp output of the FT-86. Subaru hasn’t released many details about the car’s final specs.

But sources say that the grille and bumpers are different from the BRZ of its Toyota-badged sibling. A roadster version is being considered but it’s not yet for development.

Subaru asserts that it hasn’t determined a costing strategy for the RBZ but its confirmation of the Volkswagen Scirocco as the main rival implies that it’s probably going to be priced similarly to the current coupé.

As designed, the Boxer engine of the Subaru BRZ is low-mounted on a sub-frame forming an "ultra-low center of gravity package," -- allowing the sports car to achieve a low driving position. Standing at an overall height of 1,300 mm with a coupe-like width of 1,775mm, the new Subaru BRZ is spacious enough to allow for 2+2 seating and a roomy trunk with ample space.

With these attributes, the BRZ sports car is also suitable for long trips. The design of the new Subaru BRZ allows it to be immediately recognized as a Subaru while indicating its fun-to-drive character.

For instance, the front end of the new BRZ is defined by the "ultra-low center of gravity package," thereby allowing for a low hood and bulging front fenders. Of course, the front end readily reveals the BRZ as a Subaru with the presence of certain brand design elements like the Subaru six-star ornament, hexagon lower grille and headlights. Meanwhile, the sides of the new Subaru BRZ are visually marked by elegant fender flares, as beautifully complemented by functional elements that help enhance the car’s aerodynamics through the C-pillar shape, trunk lid layout and rear glass inclination.

Featuring a uniquely garnished front fender, the new Subaru BRZ features shorter front and rear overhangs. On the rear, the new Subaru BRZ is marked by projecting rear wheel arches.

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