It's finally arrived: Subaru's version of the long-in-gestation Toyobaru has just said hello to the world at the Tokyo Motor Show. In case you've been in Witness Protection for the past two weeks, we'll recap the major specs: 2,689 pounds, 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet from the direct-injected 2.0-liter boxer engine, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions on offer and a lower center of gravity than a Ferrari 458 Italia.

There's still no word on pricing yet, but this is the rear-drive sports car that will be working to redefine little, fast, flickable handling. One more thing about the Subie version: it's the only one you can get in this shade of blue. You can refresh yourself on the details in the press release after the jump, and say hello to our newest little friend in the gallery of high-res images.
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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

Concept

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.

Design
"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.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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".


Mechanisms
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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      MoonMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      According to toyota, the GT 86-FRS-BRZ were all designed after 3 cars in mind. The toyota Sports 800 ( first with horizontally apposed engine), the Toyota 2000 GT , and the AE86. They designed the car from the start to initially not include a turbo, Big Sports tires , and an AWD system because all of these would weigh down the car immensely.
        • 3 Years Ago
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          MoonMan
          • 3 Years Ago
          >>>Heres part one of the press conference ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4DJtHYEfos&feature=player_embedded) >>> and for part two (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO8lOjqhLJQ&feature=related)
      Miguro Takahashi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Should be as fun around a track as a Lotus Exige for less coin. Actually I really think this is a bargain Lotus, best way I can describe it. Looks about as cool as one too.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong when I say this. I'm really LOVING this car. But I just don't see how the Suabru is any different from the Scion/Tyotoa. Hoping that it is priced reasonably.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      motoramic
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it! I think I like it better than the Toyota's version. Nice colour and rims!
      Eric
      • 2 Years Ago
      But yeah so if you're going to race the BRZ / FR-S you'd obviously want wider / stickier tires to help produce the quickest time. However, the stock 215/45/17's were chosen by Subaru for a reason as explained in my previous post. The reason being so you can break the tires loose, drift, etc easier / without having to exceed reasonable / sane limits. On a race track it's obviously different as you're pretty much going balls to the wall the entire time.  The BRZ / FR-S's relatively modest power rating of 200hp is more fun / rewarding (I know I use this A LOT but oh well it happens to imply) for the same reasons the tires make the car more fun for normal everyday use. Again, the reason being that you can actually run the car through the gears / open it up without exceeding all posted limits everywhere you go.  Regardless, 200hp in a ~2800lb. car is plenty for normal everyday use. Even if Subaru did produce an STi version with 250hp+ I would stick with the 200hp version for precisely the reasons I've explained. Some folks really need to get over this obsession with #'s as if the #'s somehow mean everything when this couldn't be farther from the truth.  It's just a damn same a car company can produce a car (BRZ / FR-S) that offers 90% of the driving enjoyment of a Porsche Cayman for just 1/2 the price yet it's still not enough for some folks. It's always "more"..... It's just sad to think how ignorant some in our society have become. It's the reason for why truely awesome affordable sports cars such as the S2000 are disxontinued.  One of the all time best driver's cars in the World but because ppl have become obsessed with 0-60 / 1/4 times, etc it stops selling. Many unfortunately do NOT understand that the #'s a particular car produces does NOT neccessarily mean its somehow superior to drive.  Bottom line: More power wouldn't make the BRZ a more fun / rewarding daily driver. If you're so worried about drag (tiny pee pee perhaps) buy a Mustang. Subaru doesn't need to ruin a great car just because some insecure street ricer's must run a certain 0-60 time to help stroke their little ego's. OMG OH NOS a 26K that offers 90-95% of the driving satisfaction of a Porsche Cayman for 1/2 the cost is "over priced" because my little bitch ass ego can't handle a car that takes 6.3 seconds to hit 60mph... Seriously seek help for that.
      dan1malk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks (a little) more grown-up compared to the Scion/Toyota. Of the two I'd take the Subaru, sans spoiler. That Abarth has caught my eye too... Decisions, decisions.
      Huy
      • 3 Years Ago
      My only concern is the fuel economy. Cracking 30 mpgs should be a benchmark for all sporty cars that don't have massive turbos or a big v8. If Hyundai, Ford, and GM can do, I'm sure Toyota and Subaru can as well. I didn't include Honda because they can't and they've resting on their laurels for 10 years now.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I'm starting to prefer the Subaru to the Toyota from a styling standpoint. There aren't as many of those sharp creases in the front and the foggers aren't as wacky.
      pontoppidanpete
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a good looking car espicially in that blue colour. Would'nt mind having a car like that.
      Vien Huynh
      • 3 Years Ago
      the front disappointed me... but then again, it may take a while to get familiar with the design, and really cant judge anything if we not driving the car yet.
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