Scooby BRZ - in time for Xmas!

2012-05-03 10:18

Subaru's hot new BRZ sports coupe is already in South Africa for local testing and will be in showrooms later in 2012. Shades of the Tiburon...

More than 3500 have been sold in Japan since launch in February 2012, more than a third of them in Subaru’s trademark World Rally Blue.

Under the bonnet for South Africa will be a two-litre, four-cylinder classic Subaru boxer engine - but no turbo. Even so, it's capable of delivering 147kW and 205Nm to either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto gearbox.

The transmission is the same unit used in the Lexus IS350 and compared to the 2012 Impreza's engine, the BRZ's boxer lies almost 12cm lower and just over 20cm farther back in the chassis.


Toyota is responible for the planning and design while Subaru was tasked with the engineering. The BRZ, based on the Toyota 86, will be first for Subaru SA, as it will be sold locally in two-wheel drive - at the rear, like a true sports car.

The BRZ isn't Subaru's first rear-drive vehicle - that title belongs to the 1953-54 Fuji Heavy Industries Prototype 1 sedan, later known as the Subaru 1500. The sedan used the first Japanese-made monocoque body and paved the way for the Subaru 360 and 1000.

Whatever, Subaru SA's marketing team leader Ashley Lazarus added: "Stability and balance have always been core Subaru values and there'll be plenty in the BRZ.

“Handling integrity is critical so we’ve opted for - when compared to, say, the Toyota 86 - firmer suspension settings and other refinements to provide razor-sharp handling, giving the BRZ a very distinct feel.  It’ll be perfectly at home on a track day yet feel brilliant on roads that keen drivers dream about."

Subaru engineers are testing performance, altitude output for the Gauteng market, and fuel suitability. When collated, the results will determine SA specifications and prices. However, for reference, the car is stickered at $25 500 in the US.

Lazarus said: “Every detail of the BRZ has been honed with driving enjoyment in mind - the overall experience will be pure Subaru.”

Subaru BRZ specification (European SE and SE LUX models):

17" alloy rims
16" front brake discs
Torque-sensing limited-slip differential
Cruise control
Paddle shifts for auto transmission
Dual air-con
Six-speaker audio with iPod connectivity
Front fog lights
Power external mirrors
Smart entry and engine start/stop button
Leather on steering wheel, parking brake lever, gear shifter

Unique to SE Lux model:
Heatable leather seats

  • wehan.victor - 2012-05-03 12:31

    Shades of the Tiburon???

  • wayne.warren83 - 2012-05-03 13:02

    I LIKE IT!

  • Chrono - 2012-05-03 13:14

    Wow, information overload.

  • bdanney - 2012-05-03 13:32

    Prepare for zero support from Subaru SA if something goes wrong with this car. Subaru's are awesome cars let down by the support provided by Subaru SA and Motorite who screw Subaru owners at every turn with regard to the maintenance plan. Instead use the money you intend spending on this car to attend gymnastics training. This will make you limber, and then instead of being screwed by Subaru SA and Motorite you can just do yourself.

      phillip.mcintyre - 2012-05-03 17:33

      Do you even own one? On my second and service has been excellent, don't generalise, not all dealers are the same.

      Erik - 2012-05-03 22:04

      Not sure about Subaru service but have heard some shocking stories of the Motorite group,from a few Subaru owners.Then again these cars are driven hard so I'm sure Motorite have their reasons.I will never own this vehicle to fully support my statement and doubt I will,not with the today's fuel price.

      bdanney - 2012-05-04 10:50

      @phillip.mcintyre I do own a Subaru. You clearly failed to read what I wrote. I did not once mention any dealer. My car is serviced by Subaru in Bryanston, and I find their service to be beyond what I expect from a dealer. In fact I feel bad for the guys at the dealer because they too are let down by Subaru SA and Motorite and they are the ones that have to face the customer. So I am not generalising at all. Trust me what I wrote is based on various experiences. @Erik I hear you, the cars are driven hard, but then Motorite needs to make allowance for that and charge more for the maintenance plan. If you have a maintenance plan that rejects every claim well then you have no maintenance plan, just a plan of empty promises.

  • Fredster - 2012-05-04 09:23

    No turbo? When will be getting a Lambo with a diesel engine? or a Ferrari 1,3 TDi

  • Louis - 2012-05-04 12:51

    Not really "based on Toyota 86" since both cars were developed together. Excellent execution of a great idea. Subaru and Toyota really need this. If more thought could have gone into their other models, they wouldn't make mistakes like the Hatch Impreza again. However, only one flaw - NO TURBO. I guarantee a turbo will be available later.

  • lourens.a.kloppers - 2012-05-07 10:36

    I can't wait for the toyota copy, absolute reliablity with rearwheeldrive fun!

  • mwendwa.mutisya - 2012-08-08 23:12

    The Subaru BRZ only arrives in 2013 I'm afraid. Just read an article which states that due to international demand the Subaru BRZ will only be introduced in South Africa from the first or second quarter of 2013 http://www.auto-meth.co.za/2012/08/subaru-brz-launch-date-delayed/

  • paul.charlton.94043 - 2012-11-08 19:02

    turbo comes in 2013. AWD in 2014. From a Japanese contributor.

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