Tokyo 2011: Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

Another day and another press release for the Subaru BRZ. This time there’s more pics to give us a better feel for the 147kW/205Nm rear-wheel drive sports coupé. For an even closer look check out the images over at FT86club.com.

Subaru Australia still can’t decide if our market is sophisticated enough to cope with a two-wheel drive Subaru. Perhaps losing sales to Toyota might knock some sense into them.

Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

BRZ Makes Loud Buzz in Tokyo

Subaru’s BRZ rear-wheel drive sports car has made its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru vehicles, describes the 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 (CoG) available.

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

BRZ’s CoG allows for a low bonnet design, with muscular bulging guards, while the classic Subaru hexagonal grille underlines the brand heritage.

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

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

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

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

BRZ’s new 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, optimized 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 maximize 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.

Direct and sharp steering results from the ultra-low CoG package.

BRZ features lightweight and highly rigid aluminium wheels.

The car is equipped with electronic stability control.

No decision has yet been made as to whether BRZ will be sold in Australia.

Major specifications

Overall length x width x height (mm): 4240 x 1775 x 1300
Wheelbase (mm): 2570
Curb weight (kg): 1220
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