In the press anouncement for the UK-spec Subaru BRZ, there's a note about "a third, stripped-out model" the Brits will be offered as a tunable track-day special. It isn't exactly surprising, since the Subaru is exactly the same as the Toyota GT-86, and Toyota is offering a stripper GT-86 in Japan. That model, called the RC, drops 100 pounds compared to the base coupe by omitting items like the LSD, air conditioning, radio, paint on some body parts and swapping 17-inch alloys for 16-inch steelies.

When we asked Subaru if we'd get one, too, we were told we'll be get the Premium and the Limited, and that's it – no stripper BRZ here in the United States. While it's possible that Subaru simply isn't discussing another trim for our market yet, what's more likely is that it's time for us to wonder, again, "Why do they always get everything?"

There's a press release after the jump with a few more details on the top-spec model and Subaru's rather generous aftercare program. Our high-res gallery of BRZ images is below for your perusal, as well.
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- Subaru confirms generous kit for BRZ
- Three trim levels will suit all tastes
- New BRZ to be backed by market leading ETCo aftercare

(23/02/12) -- Designed to deliver powerful performance and thrilling handling, the UK-specification Subaru BRZ is set to add generous standard equipment to its already impressive arsenal.

Subaru's stunning new 2+2 coupe has already generated high levels of interest at dealerships, with many customers placing orders before pricing and standard equipment have been announced.

The Japanese brand has now revealed that top-specification models come with 17-inch alloy wheels, a torque-sensing LSD, front, side, curtain and knee airbags, MP3 connectivity, dual-zone climate control and LED daytime running lights. The driver-focussed BRZ will also come with Subaru's VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) and can be fitted with either a six-speed short-shift manual or paddle-operated automatic transmission.

A second, lower-spec model will also be made available a little later in the year, as will a third 'stripped out' version, which promises to be the perfect solution for those who wish to tune and fettle the BRZ to their own tastes, as well as track-day enthusiasts.

The BRZ is available in six eye-catching colours all of which suit the car perfectly, including Subaru's trademark WR Blue Mica, Sterling Silver, Satin White, Crystal Black Silica, Dark Grey Metallic and San Remo Red.

The carefully conceived powertrain packaging allows Subaru's celebrated horizontally-opposed 200PS 2.0-litre Boxer engine to be positioned lower than ever before. The 2+2 coupe has the lowest centre of gravity of almost any vehicle, with half the BRZ's mass sitting below knee height. It promises a power-to-weight ratio of 164PS per tonne and this, in conjunction with its advanced lightweight chassis and use of cutting-edge lightweight materials, endows the BRZ with exceptional handling characteristics.

ETC for extra peace of mind
As with all new Subarus, the BRZ will be available with the brand's new three-year Everything Taken Care of (ETCo) aftercare package, which offers a host of potential benefits worth over £7,000, free-of-charge.

Subaru ETCo comprises 11 different elements, all designed to make running and owning a new Subaru easier and more beneficial than ever, not to mention the cost benefits with each of the services provided free of charge. Subaru ETCo's comprehensive package includes:
- Minor dent and scratch repairs
- Alloy wheel repairs
- Monthly wash 'n' vac
- Annual makeover – full valet
- Lost keys replacement
- Service collection and delivery
- Annual wheel alignment check
- First MOT cover (and contribution to repairs)
- Accident management service
- Insurance excess cover contribution
- Winter wheel and tyre storage

Subaru ETCo will be offered in addition to Subaru's three-year (60,000-mile) manufacturer's warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion bodyshell cover and three-year paintwork warranty, and also lasts for three years.

Subaru BRZ UK specification:
17-inch alloy wheels
Torque-sensing LSD (Limited Slip Differential)
VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) and ABS
Front, side, curtain and knee airbags
Cruise control system
Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning system
Body-coloured, electric-folding, head door mirrors
HID headlamps
Front fog lamps
LED daytime running lights
Radio CD player with six-speaker system
USB and iPod connectivity
Leather seats
Heated front seats
Key-less entry with Push Button Start system
Leather steering wheel and gear knob

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    • 1 Second Ago
      John Hughan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know weight savings is great and all, but stripping out the LSD for a track-minded car??
        Harold Thomas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Hughan
        My first thought as well. Because of that, this looks like a stripped out version for the Boy Racer crowd. Ready for big radios, fiberglass bumpers, and aftermarket wheels - and will never go near a track.
        Nick Wilson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Hughan
        While the stock LSD(I believe it's a VLSD in this case) is adequate for novices, any person with real experience would be swapping it out for a proper clutch type LSD for track duty. I suspect they are removing it simply to pass on the cost savings of a part they know will be removed, same with the wheels.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Nick Wilson
          They offer clutch pack diff as an option, but indeed you'll need adjustable one capable of handling some big power and wide slicks in order to make a proper track car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Hughan
        John, it comes with a Torsen LSD where most track cars run a clutch type.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Hughan
        So that you dont waste the money and take it out yourself only to replace it with a different one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      removing LSD from a track-oriented car = stupid gotta keep slipping tires in check
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think it comes with a torque sensing diff, hardcore track guys would probably replace it anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's odd- the LSD would be the one thing I'd pay extra for in a RWD car. The stripper models have track-day written all over them. Unless there is a mega-carbon-plate version that works better than the standard...
        • 3 Years Ago
        There are two options for the LSD. The one is mechanical 1 way torque-sensing type and as a option there is 2 way clutch pack one, but I'm not sure what's the deal with the stripped model. My guess is that usually a 2 way diff is preferable for track or drift racing and because when you use clutch pack diff you have to take in mind the engine power and the wheels traction meaning most of the time the stock diff won't be suitable for the tune it'll be better to leave it to the individual tuner to select the diff that suits him best.
          • 3 Years Ago
          There's also a 1.5 way locking.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic, really? You don't say! - sarcasm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why so sad? It's not like an edition with exclusive performance. Hell, you might as well get the normal one, strip it out yourself and sell the part for some $$ in return.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Heh, that's actually not a bad idea. Wouldn't it be funny to sell the stock parts to somebody who bought an RA and realized he should've bought a Premium or Limited. HAHA!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does the UK get most of these and not the US?? i mean the UK also can get the the EVO X FQ-400, 403 hp out of the 2.0T and 0-60 in 3.8s. Although it cost damn near $82K, for about 10K more you could get a GTR but not the point.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm really interested in this new platform. A light weight, low center of gravity, balanced chassis. Miata is one of the few I would consider a competitor to this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quit whining already. Chances are it'll be the same integer in pounds and dollars so with the boatloads of cash you lot'll save it'll be possible to make the same those changes after the fact and still cost less than what we'll be paying
      • 3 Years Ago
      It seems to me that this stipped-down model is only worth it for the price savings. The 100lb weight savings isn't really worth the lack of LSD, air-con, and uglier look. Cars are already so cheap in the US, I suppose there wouldn't be much demand for this cheapo version.
      • 3 Years Ago
      All you enthusiasts who want to see the "cool cars" from Europe and Asia come to the US need to band together and form a lobby group to lobby Washington and the various state governments to change the laws so that the rules for cars on safety, emissions, features and other things are "harmonized" with the rest of the world so car makers dont need to spend big $$$ making their cars road legal for the USA.
      • 3 Years Ago
      because _we_ dont buy them. seriously, a sports car without paint on the bumpers and steel wheels? i think the best we can hope for is something similar to the old R- package miata. Base model stripped out, A/C optional, but with the LSD.
        • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or you could get a miata for $5000.
        • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can't even get the FM package for the NC Miata for $5000
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait for the Diesel version.
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