Subaru BRZ

March 6, 2012
 

2013 Subaru BRZ Rear drive Subaru light on its wheels

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Written by: Goran Has
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2013 Subaru BRZ
2013 Subaru BRZ Rear drive Subaru light on its wheels

It’s been no secret over the past couple years that and have collaborated on a rear-wheel drive sports car that’s been widely anticipated by the drifter/tuner crowd.

The car shares underpinnings and major body panels but is branded differently for each company – Subaru calls its model ; brands it a in North America, calling it , and names it GT in other parts of the world.

The is now production ready, powered by Subaru’s 2.0-litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, putting out 200 horsepower. It’s positioned behind the front axle and low in the car to bring the car’s overall centre of gravity down (reportedly just 460 mm) for improved handling.

Aiding that hunkered down feel is an overall height of just 1,285 mm (50.6 inches), in combination with an overall width of 1,775 mm (70 in.), to provide a stable platform on which to develop the expected sport coupe handling. Sporty handling is further aided by front MacPherson struts and rear dual wishbones, and a standard electronic stability control system.

Of interest is that the BRZ’s estimated weight of 1,253 kg (2,762 lbs.), making it one of the lightest coupes on the market (eclipsing the Porsche Cayman by 72.6 kg and some 136 kg on the Lotus Evora).

The high-compression “Boxer” engine uses ’s D-4S direct injection and port-injection technology for improvements in power outputs and fuel economy. A six-speed manual is standard, with the option to move up to a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode via steering wheel paddles and downshift rev matching (throttle blipping).

The profile is that of the classic sports car, with a long hood and short rear deck, emphasizing width through muscular fenders that also helps make a roomier trunk. With rear seats that fold forward in a 50/50 split, Subaru claims enough room to load up four “track” tires (standard size 215/45R17).

Pushing the 17-inch aluminum wheels out to the corners of the car not only aids in handling stability but also maximizes space in the cabin. The BRZ features heavily bolstered 2+2 seating low in the tub, again to aid in lowering the centre of gravity, with the driver’s office featuring a small diameter steering wheel (with a 13:1 steering ratio, for better car control) ahead of a large tachometer front and centre in the instrument cluster.

Other features (no trim breakdown is yet available, so some will be available as options) include fog lights, rear spoiler, aluminum sport pedals, power and heated front seats, premium audio system, climate control and navigation.

The car is due in dealerships in June 2012.

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