Japan: First Subaru BRZ rolls off the assembly line image

Fuji Heavy Industries has recently announced that the first Subaru BRZ sports car has rolled off the assembly line in Japan, at the company’s Gunma plant.

After FHI said last week that the Toyota GT 86 and its sister car the Subaru BRZ will enter production in Japan, the BRZ has once again been placed into the spotlights with the car manufacturer announcing that the first unit has just rolled off the assembly line at the Gunma facility. According to the Japanese based automaker, the same factory will also make the 2013 Scion FR-S for the US auto market, which is basically a rebadged Toyota GT 86.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the ceaseless efforts of all FHI people and staff who were involved in the development, production and preparations for both models. The Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT 86 not have been successfully developed without the collaboration between FHI and TMC. We started the alliance for mutual growth in 2005. Now I’m delighted to see this moment that our alliance surely bore fruit”, said the Toyota president, Akio Toyoda.

The Subaru BRZ is being powered by the company’s 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, which is identically tuned as the one found on the Toyota GT 86, developing a total output of 197 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 151 lb-ft available at 6,600 rpm. All its power is being sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission with a short strike shift level, but on all markets, an optional six-speed automatic, with paddle shifters, is also available.