Toyoto's UK division spilled the beans on the production GT 86 over the holiday weekend, and now Subaru has let loose on its version of this jointly developed sports coupe: the BRZ. Not surprisingly, most of the details we know about both models are identical, including their naturally aspirated 2.0-liter horizontally opposed boxer engines, your choice of 6-speed manual or automatic (with shift paddles) transmissions, rear-wheel-drive layout and low center of gravity.

Toyota states that the GT 86's engine will produce 197 bhp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Likewise, Subaru says its version will make a nice, round 200 horsepower and 151 lb-ft. Subaru also revealed a couple of tidbits that Toyota left out, including a svelte curb weight of 2,689 pounds and a standard tire size will be 215/45R17 rubber.

As for the car's design, there's nothing here we haven't seen before in the various concept iterations of the BRZ (and FT-86, for that matter). It's up to you to decide whether or not that's a good thing, but we'll just say we think the BRZ's better angle is from the rear.

Follow the jump to read Subaru's official press release, and stay tuned on Wednesday when we go hunting for live shots of the BRZ at the Tokyo Motor Show.
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Subaru Unveils "SUBARU BRZ"

Tokyo, November 30, 2011 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, announced its world premiere of "SUBARU BRZ (display model)" at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011. (Open to public from December 3 to 11 at Tokyo Big Sight)

SUBARU BRZ is a rear-wheel drive sports car featuring the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine. It was developed as a joint-project between Subaru and Toyota Motor Corporation, to bring to the world a sports car with superior steering response and driving pleasure that everyone can experience. The Subaru Boxer engine in the BRZ was positioned even lower than other Subaru models so that the BRZ has one of the lowest possible centers of gravity s on the market today. This low center of gravity produces astonishing handling character and combined with a light-weight chassis BRZ realizes Subaru's aim for "Pure Handling Delight" -- the driving experience taken to a new level.

Major Features


The product concept of BRZ is "Pure Handling Delight." The Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine has inherent qualities of low center of gravity, lightweight, and compactness. These attributes are maximized by placing this engine even lower and closer to the center of the chassis. These factors contributed to BRZ's low center of gravity -one of the lowest possible. The BRZ is a fun sports car that any driver can enjoy driving with peace of mind.


· "Ultra-low Center of Gravity Package"

The BRZ has a low-mounted Boxer engine on a specially designed sub-frame that forms an "ultra-low center of gravity package". With this arrangement, BRZ achieved a low driving position typical of a sports car. Overall height of BRZ is 1,300 mm and it has a wide and low body of a stylish coupe at 1775mm. Yet, it allows for 2+2 seating and a trunk with ample space. Not only is the BRZ a sports car, but it can also be a suitable partner for long tours with its unexpected utility.

· Exterior

Subaru aimed for a sports car design that instinctively conveys the car's fun-to-drive character. In addition, it was detailed to be instantly recognizable as a Subaru.

o Front fascia

The "ultra-low center of gravity package" also allowed a low hood design. This low hood and bulging front fenders raise expectations for the BRZ's drivability. Also, to communicate the Subaru identity the Subaru six-star ornament, headlights and hexagon lower grille follow the Subaru design motif common across new Subaru models.

o Side

The low center of gravity enhances BRZ's sensuous beauty with its shapely fender flares. The aesthetic beauty is combined with functional beauty that advances aerodynamics through such areas as the C-pillar shape, rear glass inclination, trunk lid layout. As would be expected from a sports car, the front and rear overhangs were shortened to express the BRZ's liveliness. The front fender is accentuated with a distinctive garnish.

o Rear fascia

The projecting rear wheel arches sit by way of contrast to the compact cabin and emphasizes the beauty of the BRZ's rear view.

· Interior

Details were carefully designed to allow a new level of fun-to-drive experience in which the driver and vehicle become one.

- The steering wheel was made smaller to achieve sports car maneuverability.

- A tachometer with digitally displayed speedometer is placed in the center of the gauges so that the driver can instantly see information without diverting attention from the road.

- Bespoke sports car seats were designed to hold the driver and passenger and feature lowered sitting positions to match the "ultra-low center of gravity package".


· Engine

Making full use of the design concept of the new-generation Boxer engine, the newly developed engine made exclusively for the BRZ is highly efficient with superior output and environmental friendliness. It realizes an exhilarating high revving nature of a naturally aspirated sports engine.

- It has square bore and stroke of 86 X 86 mm.

- Due to the joint development with Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota's direct injection and port injection technology "D-4S" was incorporated in the BRZ's power unit.

- To achieve the "ultra-low center of gravity package", the engine as a whole has been made more compact by such means as adopting the shorter intake manifold and the shallower oil pan.

· Transmission

The joy of sports car driving was realized through a transmission that focuses on shift feel and response.

- The 6-speed MT employs a short stroke shift lever. The lever was optimized in rigidity, shift quality and weight application in its pursuit of a superb shift feel.

- The 6-speed AT has "S mode" for better shifting response and "M mode" for optional shifting. Also, with the paddle shift and downshifting blipping control, this model can respond faithfully to the driver's inputs.

· Body

The lightweight yet highly-rigid body was developed exclusively to maximize the advantages of the "ultra-low center of gravity package".

- Low center of gravity and low driving position were achieved by the perimeter type body frame layout.

- The body has a rigid and durable frame structure that also works in balance with the vehicle's light-weight. The rigidity is optimized for high drivability and appropriate durability is maintained for collision safety.

- High tensile steel was used in the body to contribute to weight reduction. Effective use of this material in the upper structure of the BRZ contributed to its low center of gravity.

- The front hood employs aluminum for lightness. The structure was fine-tuned for a low styling that also improves pedestrian protection performance.

· Chassis

Excellent maneuverability and stability of the "ultra-low center of gravity package" offers direct and sharp response to steering and enhances driver's connection to the car

- The front suspension employs struts for light-weight and high rigidity, while a double wishbone layout is adopted at the rear for better shock absorption.

- To gain a low front hood from the "ultra-low center of gravity package", the front strut mount was lowered while maintaining the stroke.

- The tires are 215/45R17 combined with lightweight and highly rigid aluminum wheels.

- All models are equipped with electronic stability control to provide both driving pleasure and safety.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      That's 200 metric horsepower (ps), or right around 197hp. They're 100% mechanically identical.
        • 3 Years Ago
        197HP and no turbo? The more specs that leak out makes me think the BRZ is becoming the SVX of current times.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the powertrain + weight, but am slightly disappointed in the lack of differentiation from the GT86 in the back. Front grille reminds me a bit of an Aston's for some reason. Otherwise looks to be a pretty solid car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely not as unique as the Toyota 86, but overall a more cohesive and attractive design imo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I knew the two cars would look similar, but come on! Even the WHEELS are the same.
      Joe Fabulouz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems to me that Toyobaru just came up with the replacement for the Mazda RX-8. Great handling, underpowered, but now with the better fuel economy, reliability, and expandability of a piston engine versus a rotary. My hope is that power will steadily increase as the years go by.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Weight to Power Figures: Courtesy of AB user Chris Bangle _______________________ 9.77 370z 10.63 Elise 11.06 Cayman 11.24 G37 Sport 12.08 S2000 12.11 WRX 12.12 Camaro 12.30 Mustang V6 12.48 Mazdaspeed3 12.83 Mini JCW 12.99 Mini Coupe JCW 13.45 ***BRZ*** 13.83 RX-8 13.95 128i 14.03 2008 WRX 14.10 C30 14.61 Lancer Ralliart 14.62 328i 14.65 Miata 14.70 Civic Si 14.74 Mini S 14.80 Mini Coupe S 15.17 GTI 15.69 Genesis Coupe 2.0T (current) 15.80 Juke 16.10 A3 16.92 TSX 17.00 tC 18.32 RSX 18.72 Veloster 20.20 Eclipse 21.61 CR-Z 23.36 CT Hybrid _______________________ Reposting this statistic chart because it was buried in the comments. The power isn't as terrible as most like to think. If you want to argue price THERE ARE NO OFFICIAL PRICES for ANY of the FRS/BRZ variants. However, do keep in mind that the JCW Cooper has a starting price of $30k and only has a fractional LBS/HP advantage over the FRS/BRZ.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Using that logic, only the Mustang , Speed3 and Camaro do better at the expected price point. Compared to competition like the CGI and Si, it stacks up very favorably.
      • 3 Years Ago
      first let me say i DO like the car, and with the right price (miata like or less) it should be a hit. That being said, im going to be hard pressed to spot the differences between the BRZ and the scion FT-86 at more than 30 feet.
      G S
      • 3 Years Ago
      It needs to be lowered about 1.5-2 inches. There is so much room around the tires.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @G S
        i agree... its like they forgot the production wheels are smaller then the concept wheels. The new civic has the same problem.
        Big Bird
        • 3 Years Ago
        @G S
        You forgot that it's a production daily driver, some people would want a good ride. For those of us who want lower and harder setup I'm sure the aftermarket world will be saturated with options.
      Ralph Waldo Emerson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it has a better power-to-weight ratio than a current gen Miata so, while it won't out-drag a Mustang, it will probably be a whole lot of fun for those looking for nimble ride... I'd hit it!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This photo was released a few days back in an upcoming Road and Track (Jan '12). If you're surprised with disappointment, shut it. Its been stated god only knows how many times that both the GT86/BRZ were going to be nearly identical, save for some minor body work (read: front end). Now lets see this puppy in that orgasmic WRBII color scheme!
      • 3 Years Ago
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