No more concepts this time, as Subaru took to the Tokyo Motor Show with a special premiere: the production model of the BRZ sports coupe.
The BRZ is the result of a Subaru-led joint-engineering venture with Toyota to develop a sports coupe delivers a sensational and engaging driving experience, thanks in large part to an engineering and development program that focused on achieving the lowest possible centre of gravity.
At the front, the low-slung engine makes way for a low, purposeful bonnet line, which in turn accentuates the bulging front wheel arches. Signature design features such as the six-star badge, distinctive headlights and hexagonal lower grille give the BRZ a fresh, striking appearance.
The clean flanks of the BRZ are accented by air vents either side, pierced by a chrome dart. A visually striking diffuser dominates the lower edge of the BRZ’s tail, with twin exhaust pipes prominently showing on each side.
The interior of the BRZ is has been designed for driving fun, with a compact steering wheel for quick responses, a prominently displayed tach with a digital speedo, and sport seats for better ergonomics.
Like the 86 that Toyota is also revealing, the BRZ is powered by the same 2.0 liter boxer engine with Toyota's D-4S direct and port injection system, allowing the naturally aspirated motor to reach a peak output of 200 horsepower.
The six-speed manual features a short-stroke gear lever, while the six-speed automatic transmission has a ‘Sports’ mode for immediate shift response. A 'Manual' mode also allows the driver to use the steering wheel-mounted paddles and features a downshift ‘throttle blipping’ (rev-matching) system for better performance in the corners.
Also at the Tokyo Big Sight (the venue of this year's TMS) is what will be Subaru's new entry in Japan's Super GT: the BRZ Super GT race car. The car will have around 300 horsepower, and will be competing in the GT300 class.
Nicky Mariano, General Manager of Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the country, states that there is no specific timing yet for the new BRZ, though the sports coupe is slated to arrive sometime in Q4 2012.