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2011-12-01 09:10

SPORTS INTENTIONS: The BRZ, says Subaru, has one of the lowest centres of gravity around. Image gallery

Subaru’s pulled the covers off its production BRZ at the Tokyo auto show, promising “pure handling delight” for prospective owners.

The BRZ was developed as a joint project with Toyota whose production 86, which is essentially the same car, is also being shown at the Tokyo Big Sight until December 11, 2011.

In developing the car, Subaru aimed for a design that would convey the BRZ’s fun-to-drive character and the production version in Tokyo shows off short front and rear overhangs, a low bonnet and bulging fenders.

BRZ goes without Subaru’s signature symmetrical all-wheel drive system although its soundtrack is supplied by a new flat-four 2.0-litre boxer engine, albeit one using Toyota's D-4S direct and port injection technology.


The engine, with outputs of 147kW and 205Nm, is mated to a short-shift, six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission has S and M modes for the transmission or driver to do the shifting, paddle shifts and downshift “blipping control”.

The engine is positioned low and to the centre of the BRZ’s lightweight chassis to give the car, what Subaru says, is one of the lowest centres of gravity on the market today, promising top-class handling characteristics.

BRZ uses a struts at the front axle and a double wishbone arrangement for the rear suspension and runs on 17” lightweight aluminium wheels.

The cabin has a smaller steering wheel for greater manoeuvreability, digital speedometer placed in the centre of the gauges and bespoke sports seats.


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