Spy shots and see-through body treatments are all we have to go on when it comes to the upcoming Subaru BRZ. We've had enough of that, however, and it seems Subaru is finally ready to show us a bit more of what's in store for the future sports coupe. According to Car and Driver, the Japanese automaker will unveil a concept version of the BRZ at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it will be wearing real sheetmetal this time, albeit with a wrinkle – none of the showcar's panels will be the same as the production car.

The BRZ that you will be able to buy will (finally) make its official debut later on at the Tokyo Motor Show, where it will join its Toyota FT-86/Scion FRS siblings. According to C/D, all three versions of the car will wear similar body panels with the exception of their faces. Subaru will apply its own mug, while the Toyota and Scion versions will be essentially identical with the exception of badging.

Subaru will be responsible for production of all three versions, and the sporty coupe will be built at the Japanese automaker's Gunma, Japan facility. There the cars will be fitted with 2.0-liter boxer engines and paired with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 43 Comments
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait for this.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 3 Years Ago
      I feel bad for Subaru, 90% of the car is their tech, they're building it, and it hardly has a selling point in their lineup. Toyota's marketing it as a throwback to when they used to make fun and sporty, and a reincarnation of a legendary model. Toyota's will sell well among the people looking for that even if the car ends up poorly executed. I feel like they basically made Subaru do all the work.
      MANARC100
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have seen the production version of this car in the flesh and it is much cleaner looking than the toyota concepts. It is just a stunning looking car. It sits very low to the ground and is as sleek as you can imagine.
        MANARC100
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MANARC100
        well it was pre production anyways i doubt the factory is pumping them out at this point.
          artandcolour2010
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MANARC100
          from this clear version, I agree with you. It appears to have a completely different body than the Toyota version, much cleaner appearing. I'm thrilled at that.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking forward to seeing this with sheet metal.
      Rob Sukiasyan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hoping to get a look at a PRODUCTION FRS at the LA Autoshow
      EG
      • 3 Years Ago
      it was supposed to be at frankfurt.... this is incredibly annoying between the time this car was announced and the time it will be released I have grown out of its market segment and will probably buy something more practical anyway. so pathetic.
      SethG
      • 3 Years Ago
      This story just keeps getting worse. Now we're hearing this thing is just going to be a badge engineering job between Subaru and Scion in the US. Subaru is sacrificing it's strong identity as AWD-only in the US to target a small market segment with a car that will have a nearly identical twin. This makes less and less sense. Subaru should just take some developmental credit and build the thing for Toyota and be done with it. Even if this car is great, the Subaru brand doesn't need it and it doesn't need the Subaru brand
        jboogiezx6
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SethG
        Adding one affordable rwd coupe is sacrificing it's identity? A little dramatic. Just a bit.
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SethG
        What are you talking about? The story has been the exact same for what seems like forever!
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rebadging the same car 3 ways. Yes Toyota, this is indeed exactly how you become the #1 automaker in the world. But is the end result really worth it?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        They're not rebadging anything. The Toyota and Scion versions will be a rebadge, but that's because Scion is sold overseas. The Subaru version is going to look a lot different than the Toyota/Scion version.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          ...isn't* sold overseas.
      Matt Off White
      • 3 Years Ago
      anyone else think that picture looks like a fish tank car?
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry, between the 200 concept FT-86s that we've endured so far, I don't even know whats going on anymore. What's this car again? What does it do and who makes it? What time is it?
        Georgie Porgie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        Agreed, Toyota has managed to do it again ! By IT i mean putting me to sleep with a thousand and one show car iterations and countless of worthless teaser photographs. Wake me up when its on the dealership floor and I can take one for a spin.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thin there should be a lot more distinction between the Subie and the Scion.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        [blocked]
          Drew510
          • 3 Years Ago
          If, by controlling interest, you mean 8.7%, then yes. Note, that 8.7% was purchased from GM who purchased Nissan's 20% interest in 1999. Funny, we don't see any Nissarus or Chevarus running around the US.
          baconpocket
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Drew. GM badge engineered a Saab 9-2x from the impreza when it owned Saab as well
      soloscorpio777
      • 3 Years Ago
      What ever Scionotabaru... I say we all avoid buying into any of these cars. Bunch a car-teasers!
    • Load More Comments