Tokyo: Subaru BRZ sport coupe unveiled image

At the 42 Subaru will display the upcoming BRZ rear-wheel-drive coupe, a vehicle that was designed as a joint-project between Subaru and Toyota Motor Corporation.

Though not quite as intense as the Subaru BRZ STI Concept we saw at LA Auto Show, the production BRZ is definitely a major departure from the typical Subaru aesthetic.

Indeed the BRZ looks almost identical with its sister – the Toyota GT 86 with which it shares a platform. It is so identical that a non-experimented eye might not be capable to say which one is Toyota and which one is Subaru.

Look closer, though, and the changes are more clear.
Beyond the obvious badge differences, only subtle visual differences – such as headlight shape (Subaru gets a single Audi-like LED strip that wraps around the projector light), grille, and fog light housing at the front – distinguish the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86.

Now, moving to the engine, BRZ features a horizontally opposed Boxer engine that is positioned even lower than other Subaru models so that the BRZ has one of the lowest possible centers of gravity of any car on the market today.
If the engine will be identically tuned as the one from Toyota, then the 4-cylinder boxer will produce 197-hp at 7,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 151 lb-ft at 6,600 rpm.

Power is transferred to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox with a short stroke shift lever or an optional six-speed automatic with paddle shifts on the steering wheel, while the BRZ also gets a specially tuned electronic stability control.

The BRZ is 4240mm long, 1775 mm wide and 1300 mm) high. In addition, the Japanese automaker has revealed the curb weight to be 2,689 pounds, something Toyota failed to mention.

Like the Toyota, Subaru is promising back to basics driving thrills for the BRZ and it will go on sale in the UK in the middle of 2012 for around £28,000.