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March 23, 2012
 

Subaru BRZ, Toyota Scion FR-S priced about the same in USA

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Written by: Oliver Trako
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Subaru BRZ, Toyota Scion FR S priced about the same in USA
Subaru BRZ, Toyota Scion FR S priced about the same in USA

Subaru says it’s not ready to announce specific for its sports car, even though just announced pricing for the nearly identical . Subaru does say that the BRZ will start at about $25,000, which makes it similar to the Scion starting price of $24,930, including shipping, for the manual transmission version, $26,030 for the automatic.

The cars go on sale about the same time – April or May, as 2013 models. Both are manufactured by Subaru’s parent, Fuji Heavy Industries, in Japan. Production there began March 16.

The car uses Subaru’s new “FA” four-cylinder “boxer” engine, which is physically smaller than previous Subaru power plants and thus easier to tuck low in the sports car’s chassis for better handling.

It’s called a boxer because the flat layout has two pistons on each side, moving back and forth toward and away from each other, as boxers might punch. (Some folks prefer thinking of the designation as coming from the fact that the flat, rectangular engine looks like a box.)

The engine is fitted with what Toyota calls its D-4S fuel injection system. It combines modern direct-injection with older port-injection systems and uses a very high 12.5-to-1 compression ratio, yielding 200 hp and 151 lbs.-ft. of torque.

Chassis comes from Subaru, very loosely derived from the Impreza.

Toyota, not known for its styling expertise, did the exterior design and seems to have hit the target.

Some highlights:

  • BRZ stands for Boxer (horizontally opposed engine layout), Rear drive, Zenith, meaning top of the food chain.
  • It’s a rear-drive car, the first one of those for all-wheel-drive specialist Subaru since the 1950s, and first ever for Scion, which has been exclusively front-drive.
  • Though it looks like a hatchback, it’s not. Constructing the car with a conventional trunk and the accompanying bulkhead separating the cargo space from passengers makes the car stiffer and able to handle better. Rear seats fold, though, providing pass-through space to enlarge the cargo area.
  • It’s referred to as having “2+2″ seating, the auto industry’s code for an almost useless back seat.

Subaru seems to have sneaked one past Toyota during the “line-off” ceremony at the factory March 16 – possibly even an insult in the subtleties of Japanese culture. The big sign at the end of the line celebrates, in bold type, “,” and, in lighter type, “.” Toyota has said the Scion FR-S was inspired by a car it referred to as the 86, but doesn’t use either than, or the Toyota name, in its marketing for the Scion sports car.

A turbocharged version is coming, Subaru says, but timing’s not set yet.

source: usatoday

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