The Subaru BRZ might be most appreciated for reintroducing the adjectives "small," "light" and "fun" to those who prefer not to have a convertible top with their Japanese sports car. Yet, as has been covered before, it's a neat example of packaging, with Subaru engineers having put big ideas into the BRZ's small spaces. The Japanese automaker has knocked together 22 minutes of behind-the-scenes chats with the engineers who made the BRZ to show you how they did it, and how they managed to pack all of the handling and safety bits around the fun bits.

This should come as no surprise, but the video is in Japanese with English subtitles, but it's worth the extra effort. It's in two parts and you'll find both by scrolling below.






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      hawaiian_I
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will we get the same kind of documentary for the Dodge Dart or for the Ford Mustang (with the 650-bhp engine)? Wouldn't it be interesting, too?
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        @hawaiian_I
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        nismokid02
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hawaiian_I
        I'd beware of too much behind the scenes. I remember watching a how-Corvettes-are-made documentary and they had "Bubba" gluing on the rear windshield to the car, and putting it in place by hammering it with his bare fist. 0.o
      turboawdftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think of this car as a Miata with a permanent hard-top, two back seats and a bigger trunk. I think the Mazda engineers worked hard on getting the NC to be a more mature car with wider appeal. I've owned a Miata and loved the direct feeling it had with the road. If this car is able to replicate that with a hard top, it will be a winner. And some people like to say that Miata is a convertible hence it's slightly expensive price, but most Miatas have manual tops, so not that much complexity there. You pay more for a PRHT Miata. A PRHT Miata vs. the BRZ/FR-S is definitely going to be a good comparison.
      wez
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow Great insight in to the design. One thing that this car has over the miata and S2000 is interior room. There is a dramatic difference. So much headroom a 6ft driver can put a helmet on!!!! And don't forget that footwell. Plus pricing for both cars noticeably higher here. S2000 was introduce at $30K in 99 so it's well beyond the brz's pricing. There are definitely things I don't like about the BRZ but I still think it's a great product for both brands. I still don't understand what Toyota will do with it. Toyota's average customer is more concerned about their pension than centre of gravity.
        WindsWilling
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wez
        I'm just over 6', and you can't fit in there in a proper seating position with a helmet on, sorry. Unless you want to get your BRZ OG!! thug lean on in the car looking like a bigger fool than you did the day you bought the car.
        KaBaL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wez
        I'm an average Toyota customer, (who am I kidding, I'm a fanboy, having owned every 80's model US vehicle they produced). And I can't wait for Toyota to get back to the days of the early-mid 90's. I miss the Celica GTS and GT4, Supra, MR2. These were the reasons I fell in love with Toyota then (as well as their trucks, before they were even Tacoma/Tundra. I'll highly agree that after about 99, they've been on a downward spiral. But now that Mr Toyoda is in charge, I think he definitely wants to bring much of that 90's love back to the company. Spin off the Prius brand, and bring back a proper sport division.
      rtkewley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does the BRZ have a low center of gravity? Was that a priority in its' design? It's unclear from the videos. On a more serious note, it's interesting to hear which words the engineers spoke in English, implying that there is not a direct Japanese analog: "sports car", "handling", and most oddly, "suspension".
      Dav
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Japanese build cars because they love cars. Its not like GM or Ford who just want your money. They take pride in what they do. Japan FTW!
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        @Dav
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        Dipstick!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dav
        Americans build cars so they can support families.
      q3a7vodk4
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL 7 second 0-60. If this was any slower a nissan leaf and prius would be faster.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      3:11 - that is around 2/3 or the block hanging out in front of the front axles ....I guess they "tried" to move it back. at least it is low I guess.
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        @lorenzo
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          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          awww, name calling? poor widda SVX, did he get his widda feelers hurt by someone casting doubt his latest obsession by pointing out the fundamental flaw in the design? But for you, any thing would be better than that pushy/under-steering SVX.
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          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX What part of this picture can you not see? http://brz-club.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1510&d=1330583798 Plain-as-day - engine almost all in front of the front axle what review have you read that does not mention the chassis is pushy, I have read almost all and every single reviewer says it is pushy. even the fact that it is 53/47 weight biased ON PURPOSE - should tell you, this is a pushy RWD car. AND no RWD car should ever be pushy by nature. YOU are the delusional one that believes Subi is capable of creating a truly inspired RWD chassis. It is in their DNA to make pushy chassis. And BACKWARD folk like you seem to think that is both special, and some how crazily deny it at the same time! No logic there - be proud SVX, proud to drive a pushy chassis, & love a pushy chassis. Just dont deny it is one, because then you just look like a fool.
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          ahem, that isnt "good front wheel drive chassis design, the Lotus 7. Low engine" I meant front ENGINE rear wheel drive design.... andyway, the BRZ is not all it could be, and fundamentally just....wrong, sorry Mr SVX http://brz-club.com/forum/showthread.php?247-BRZ-Detailed-Chassis-Engine-Drivetrain-and-Suspension-Pictures!&p=1599&viewfull=1#post1599
          SHANCALDAZAR
          • 2 Years Ago
          Lorenzo, All the sites state that the understeer is corrected by throttle and steering input (like a RWD car should). A car that oversteers without the driver intentionally throttling it, is dangerous. Lets compare this intial push that is fixed by anyone who knows how to drive to Motor trends' review of the genesis Coupe "no matter what we did, we couldn't get it to stop understeering". Talk about a failed RWD-the genesis coupe.
        lorenzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        OMG! @ 7:03, the engine is moved a whole 23cm back from a standard Impreza!! ....I like how they use an Impreza as a reference point......
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          @lorenzo
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          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lorenzo
          @bazinga - What car should they use as a reference? Hmm, how about another RWD car! What a concept! ....instead, they compare it to a All-Whele Drive car. WTF!? somehow you agree with this logic? Is that thinking not retarded?
      Schumiii
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not impressed. The Honda S2000 beats it on all engineering aspects including bhp per litre, engine position and 50/50 weight distribution and equal weight.
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schumiii
        It also beat the Scooby in the numb-as-hell steering department. Oh wait...
        404 not found
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schumiii
        Schumiii Because the S2000 is a good car doesn't make the BRZ a bad one. I'd rather have the BRZ to be honest.
          Schumiii
          • 2 Years Ago
          @404 not found
          I never said the BRZ was bad, I am just comparing the stats and analysing all this hype about something that was already created by Honda 12 years ago.
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @404 not found
          @ Schumiii You're comparing a current car that's ~$25-27k, to a 13 year-old car that had a base price of over 30k and could be optioned close to 40k back in 1999. Any idea how much that would cost in today's dollars?
        lorenzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schumiii
        @Schumiii - agree TOTALLY. + the 8500 redline is a whole other beast than this "low CG Boxer". what is really strange is, although the S2000 has even MORE engine over the front axle than the BRZ, somehow they were able to create a more balanced package. Wassup with that?!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schumiii
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          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WindsWilling The Subaru pulls roughly the same g's as a Honda S2000 but with more modest rubber from narrower tires, and on a softer suspension setup. Sounds like way superior engineering to me when it comes to handling. The only real gems on the S2000 were the transmission and the engine (both AP1 and AP2). Beyond that, it had a rock hard ride, steering feel that rivals videogame controllers in terms of numbness, and a rear-end that loved to pop out without much warning. Not exactly confidence inspiring, nor good for laptimes.
          WindsWilling
          • 2 Years Ago
          The S2K is a better engineering accomplishment all around, and the better car, created many years ago. This is a car whose power-to-weight is about as weak as a car made by them 12 years ago, with the MPG to match, except the GT-S was unfortunately FWD. Unacceptable for today's standards. Deal with it Scooby-fan.
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          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WindsWilling - AGREE
          WindsWilling
          • 2 Years Ago
          Why would the "mustang" be over there when I pointed out the 7th Gen Celica GT-S is roughly the same ballpark and it's a car made by Toyota 12 years ago, the tech development even older, and got roughly the same MPG? Get over yourself pearlie. Go to clubft86 where you belong with the other drooling, mouth-breathing kids who don't understand common automotive knowledges and just care because "86" is mentioned in the marketing. That is when you're done wanking to Initial D on netflix.
        Redline
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schumiii
        Problem is, the S2000 is not being made anymore. Kudos to Toyota and Subaru.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      You could get a C4 Corvette for way cheaper, and it would also be less fun to drive. I know because I've driven a C4 before. Not fun.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well if you want one best grab it quick only 6 thousand for this model year will be released to the USA. I personally would wait a year before a purchase because they there will be more room to play with pricing on the vehicle. Right now dealers are marking them up guess that is what you get for limited supply. I'm sure people will be complaining about something not working right on either side the FR-S or the BRZ. Just sayin..
      Jive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love these videos. I'm learning so much that's not available through regular reviews. This just amps my excitement for the car. $26K asking price doesn't seem so bad now.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      So which parts did Toyota design? The interior?
        Craig H Esquire
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        Also the direct injection system. And don't forget they planned this and put up the money to make this car happen.
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        @over9000
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        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        the fuel injection system, the overall concept, the marketing strategy those (last 2 mainly) are just as important as the actual engineering
          • 2 Years Ago
          @snap_understeer_ftw
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