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Subaru Updates The BRZ In Frankfurt, But Not Really

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On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 12:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru Updates The BRZ In Frankfurt, But Not Really

Another dramatically named Subaru BRZ concept that shows us a whole lot of nothing. Yay. While not quite as dramatically named as past iterations, the BRZ Prologue concept still carries far too heavy a name-to-information ratio. We still don't have an actual car and are left to close our eyes and visualize what this car will look like in "WR Blue Mica". But Subaru did release a few extra details this time around.

While Toyota has more versions of the FT-86 than it knows what to do with, Subaru is struggling to give us something, anything. As it did in Geneva, Subaru presented a transparent show car in Frankfurt rather than a full-fledged concept. The concept shows the engineering of the internals like the engine, transmission, and suspension. This one features a gold trim as opposed to the blue trim of the Geneva model. It also has a creepy, chalk-line-esque stick man in the driver's seat.

Subaru revealed that the BRZ will measure 165.3 inches long by 69.7 inches wide by 50 inches high, with a wheelbase of 101.2 inches. According to the automaker, it will have the "lowest possible center of gravity in the world" for a production car, thanks to its low height and low-mounted engine. Subaru also promises that the car will offer superior handling, thanks to its "Pure Handling Delight" tunes.

The car will keep the BRZ name in production, which means no return of the nightmarishly over-named Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept.

The BRZ will feature a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed direct-injected boxer four-cylinder engine tuned to 200 + hp. It will also feature the new EyeSight pedestrian-sensoring system.

Subaru will finally add some actual metal and body panels to the BRZ for the Tokyo Motor Show later this year in unveiling the production version. The BRZ should hit the market next spring.

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dwalter | 4:21PM (Fri, Sep 16, 2011)

I expected more than a (naturally aspirated) 2.0-liter for something as radical as a RWD Subaru "sports car"

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