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Subaru RWD, Frankfurt-Bound Sports Car Named 'BRZ'

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On: Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 5:01PM | By: Chris Weiss


Subaru RWD, Frankfurt-Bound Sports Car Named 'BRZ'

So far, the sports-car partnership between Toyota has given us a whole lot of Toyota—two iterations of the FT-86 and a Scion-branded FR-S—and not a whole lot of Subaru. From Fuji Heavy Industries' car brand we've been left with the awkwardly named, 100-percent concept Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept a.k.a. Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept.

Well, the production Subaru is anticipated at this December's Tokyo Motor Show, so Subie doesn't have much time to go from transparent concept to full-fledged, production-ready car. The automaker will release the next concept version of the car at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. And, we're happy to report, the model will finally have a simple name that doesn't give us cramped fingers.

The Subaru version of the FT-86 will be named the BRZ, standing for "Boxer engine," "Rear-wheel drive" and "Zenith." As the name indicates, Subaru's version will be a step up from the Toyota FT-86. It's expected to get more than the Toyota's 200 horses, and will work with the same 2.0-liter boxer four as the FT-86. It should offer six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission options.

Subaru hasn't detailed much else on its coupe, but with only a few months left before Tokyo, the Frankfurt Motor Show concept should provide a near-production concept that will give us a look at the styling Subaru plans to use. So far, all Subaru has shown is a transparent concept highlighting the configuration of the horizontally opposed boxer four. That model debuted in Geneva.

The Subaru will be joined in Tokyo by the production FT-86. That model will be sold in the U.S. as the Scion FR-S. Both the Subaru and the FR-S will hit the market next year, with Subaru scheduled to begin production in the spring.

Subaru put up a teaser site in anticipation of the Frankfurt launch.

PRESS RELEASE:

Subaru Names All-New Sports Car "SUBARU BRZ"
- FHI to display its Technology Concept at 64th Frankfurt Motor Show -

Tokyo, August 23, 2011 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced that Subaru's new rear-wheel drive sports car, which is currently under joint development with Toyota Motor Corporation, will be named "SUBARU BRZ". "BRZ" stands for "Boxer engine", "Rear-wheel drive" and "Zenith" and embodies ultimate passion for the new sports car and confidence in its distinctive trademark and core technology: the "Horizontally-Opposed Subaru Boxer engine". The start of production is planned for spring 2012.

FHI will exhibit the technology concept of the "SUBARU BRZ", named "SUBARU BRZ PROLOGUE - BOXER Sports Car Architecture II - ", at the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011. (Press day: September 13 and 14; Open to the public from September 15 through 25, 2011)

A special site will be opened today at 12:00 on the Subaru Global Site.
http://www.subaru-global.com/11frankfurt/teaser/

Under the brand statement "Confidence in Motion", Subaru brand always inspires confidence with customers through its commitment to "engineering excellence". With the core ideal of "engineering excellence", Subaru continues to provide customers with "Enjoyment and Peace of Mind" in all Subaru products.

About Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, is a leading manufacturer in Japan with a long history of technological innovations that dates back to its origin as an aircraft company. While the automotive business is a main business pillar, FHI's Aerospace, Industrial Products and Eco Technologies divisions offer a diverse range of products from general-purpose engines, power generators, and sanitation trucks to small airplanes, crucial components for passenger aircrafts, and wind-powered electricity generating systems. Recognized internationally for its AWD (all-wheel drive) technology and Horizontally-Opposed engines in Subaru, FHI is also spearheading the development of environmentally friendly products and is committed to contributing to global environmental preservation.




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dwalter | 5:06PM (Thu, Aug 25, 2011)

I'm excited to see what this thing will look like



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