Subaru: BRZ takes shape @ Tokyo Motor Show

My Drive: 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

Subaru BRZ Front On Shot

Subaru BRZ Rear Shot


Subaru BRZ Side On Shot

BRZ Front Side Shot

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