Subaru to unveil the BRZ Concept at the 2011 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on September 26, 2011

Subaru’s concept wasn’t received too kindly at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show but the automaker wants to turn opinion around when it unveils the full production version of the BRZ sportscar at this year’s Tokyo show. It’s likely that there would be a sneak peak before the launch.

A report from Car and Driver stated that the proper BRZ Concept will be displayed with true sheetmetal in Los Angeles. It has two other sportscar siblings. The first is the FT-86 from Toyota while the other one is the FR-S from Scion.

Subaru is excited to illustrate what can be done with rear-wheel drive. In fact, it designed this car to have a very low center of gravity. Powering this vehicle is a 2.0-liter block that combines Subaru’s specialty, the boxer engine, and Toyota’s advanced injection technology.

It’s likely that the stock BRZ would be the most equipped of the three. It’s expected that it will later come in a more powerful STI version.

Subaru of America, Inc. has unveiled the Subaru BRZ STI Concept at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show, providing strong indications of the styling of the production BRZ with distinct STI performance features. The Subaru BRZ STI Concept embodies Subaru’s expertise in lightweight performance sports cars and STI’s race-bred refinements, being the first BRZ concept car with bodywork.

In terms of design, the new Subaru BRZ STI Concept features a hexagonal lower front grille as flanked by hawk eye headlights and fin-shaped fog lamps. Its sleek and low bodywork is wrapped in "WR Blue Pearl II" exterior color, a new generation of the WR blue paint scheme that has been used by both racing and production versions of the STI. Of course, the Subaru BRZ STI Concept features an array of STI performance touches like the aerodynamically tuned lower front spoiler, a rear fascia and a rear wing.

Moreover, the concept is specified with a carbon-fiber roof that helps lower its center of gravity (CoG). Its rear end, meanwhile, comes with bold rear fender flares, large rear-diffuser and stainless-steel quad-tailpipes. Further enhancing the concept’s aerodynamics performance are its vented rear bumper corners. Serving as the core of the Subaru BRZ STI Concept is the new Subaru "FA" Boxer engine that has been designed for the RWD BRZ sports car.

Of course, this 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine and its attributes have to be properly matched with the BRZ sports car. To achieve this, Subaru designed the overall structure of the Boxer engine with a square bore and stroke of 86 X 86 mm. Moreover, the main attributes of the engine were paired to a direct injection fuel system, thereby enhancing its combustion efficiency and operational smoothness up to high rpm.

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