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January 6, 2012
 

Subaru BRZ Sports Car Set for U.S. Debut in Detroit

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Subaru BRZ Sports Car Set for U.S. Debut in Detroit

, known for boxy, utilitarian all-wheel-drive station wagons and crossovers will show the 2013 , a low-slung, rear-drive sports coupe, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

The car’s appearance follows an unveiling in Tokyo in November and will mark its U.S. debut.

The is a major departure for Subaru, whose sales have increased for the last four years despite economic uncertainty and sluggishness across the auto industry. While the company has been on a roll, many critics would agree it needs to broaden its lineup.

The company, a unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., has little to offer driving enthusiasts now beyond the and versions of its Impreza compact car. While that model has stunning performance it is far from a sexy sports car.

The BRZ, which arrives in dealer showrooms in late spring, was designed with a low center of gravity and good front-to-rear weight distribution. As a result, Subaru says, it will have exceptional handling like a pure sports car. It comes with a 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower engine with the horizontally opposed “boxer” cylinder layout for which Subaru is well-known.

Other BRZ specifications including its weight of just over 2,700 pounds, 7,400-rpm engine redline and six-speed manual transmission (a six-speed automatic is available as well) should also be encouraging to performance-car fans.

Still, the BRZ will not be as unique as some of Subaru’s quirkier original designs in part because the company shared development of the BRZ with . In November Driver’s Seat reported the BRZ’s Tokyo debut and its similarity to the 86 and models.

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