Toyota and Subaru have always said they were going to unveil their collaborative vehicles at the same time, so after finally seeing the production version Toyota GT 86, the production version of the highly anticipated BRZ sports car was given its time to shine. Next to the GT 86, the new BRZ will be making its world debut this week at the Tokyo Auto Show and will go on sale early next year.
While developing the two sports cars, Subaru and Toyota promised they would deliver totally different design languages, but upon close inspection, the two vehicles are almost identical. Both vehicles have a strong front fascia, but the BRZ will be distinguished by a Subaru-signed hexagon lower grille, front bumper design, and headlight detailing. Other details setting it apart are the custom fender vents, integrated exhaust tips, and revised tail-lamps.
As previously confirmed, the Subaru BRZ will be powered by the same 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed boxer engine found in the GT 86. The engine even delivers the same 200 HP and 151 lb-ft torque, meaning the promised 300 HP will be reserved for the STI version.
UPDATE 04/12/2012: Subaru has finally dropped an online configurator for their new BRZ sports car. So, go online ad start playing with it and configure the model you like!
UPDATE 09/04/2012: Following up on the awesomeness of its "Scorched" commercial, the Subaru BRZ returns for yet another cool advertisement. This time, it’s called "Snake," and as the name evidently suggests, it can slither in and around an intense track beset by natural disasters. Check out the ad in all its glory by clicking on the image above!
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Subaru BRZ.
The new Subaru BRZ features the wide and low body of a stylish coupe and has been built on a 2,570 mm wheelbase. With a total weight of 2689 lbs, the BRZ offers a 2+2 seating, plus ample space in the trunk.
The entire car has been designed in order to deliver "an ultra-low center of gravity package." The package starts off with a low hood design featuring Subaru’s six-star ornament, a hexagon-shaped lower grille, and long, slit-looking headlights that match those of the GT 86. Features of the GT 86 can also be seen on the shapely fender flares, projecting rear wheel arches, a specially designed C-pillar shape, rear glass inclination, and trunk lid layout. The back of the BRZ comes sporting integrated exhaust tips and revised tail-lamps. One of the few differences between the exterior of the two sports cars is the new wheel and tire package for the BRZ.
Inside the Subaru BRZ, we expect to find a similar, driver-oriented interior with the new tachometer with digitally displayed speedometer that has been placed in the center of the gauges so that the driver can instantly see information without diverting attention from the road. The sports seats will be designed to offer a lowered sitting position and the steering wheel will be smaller to achieve sports car maneuverability.
New 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer engine features "square" configuration (bore and stroke dimensions identical) for high-revving performance; double overhead camshafts and dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS); fuel injection system combines direct injection and port injection technologies; very high compression ratio; high specific engine output: 100 hp/liter.
Choice of 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions; optional automatic has steering wheel paddle shifters, Sport mode, winter mode and downshift blipping control.
Torsen limited-slip differential.
Double-wishbone rear suspension.
Electric power steering.
4-wheel vented disc brakes.
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and traction control system (TCS) with 5 modes, including Sport mode and TCS Off for track driving.
17 x 7-in. aluminum alloy wheels with 215/45 R17 summer performance tires.
Key Facts / Design and Amenities
Premium and Limited trim lines.
2+2 seating with enough trunk and interior room to transport four tires and tools for track driving.
Standard navigation system with voice control and comprehensive infotainment capabilities (see standard equipment).
Key Safety Features
Ring Shaped Frame Reinforcement body structure provides outstanding occupant protection.
3-point seatbelts for all seating positions, front seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters.
Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag System; dual-stage deployment driver and front passenger airbags; front seat side pelvis/torso air bags and side-curtain air bags (SRS).
4-channel/4-sensor Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and Brake Override system.
Safety pedal system.
Whiplash protection front seats.
Standard Features: BRZ Premium
12v power outlets: one in glove box and one in center console
24-hour roadside assistance for vehicle limited warranty period
3-spoke leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel with red stitching.
Auto on/off High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, low and high beam
Touch-screen GPS navigation system with:
6.1-inch LCD screen
AM/FM stereo with HD radio
Single-disc in-dash CD player
Voice activated controls
Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity
iPod control capability
iTunes tagging capability
XM Satellite Radio (subscription required)
XM NavTraffic (subscription required)
SMS text messaging capability
3.5mm auxiliary audio input jack
Manual climate control system with cabin air filtration
Carpeted floor mats
Chrome interior door handles
Cup holders integrated into door panels and two in center console
Digital dual-mode trip odometer
Digital outside temperature gauge
Dome light with off-delay
Sport design instrument panel gauges: Speedometer, tachometer, digital speedometer integrated within tachometer, coolant temperature gauge, fuel gauge
Height-adjustable driver’s seat
Illuminated ignition switch ring
Dual visor vanity mirrors
Leather-wrapped shift handle and parking brake handle
Multi function display with current and average fuel economy
Performance-design front seats with height-adjustable head restraints
Power door locks
Power side mirrors
Power windows with driver’s and passenger’s auto up/down with pinch protection
Rear window defroster with timer
Remote fuel door release
Remote keyless entry system with engine immobilizer system
Seatback pocket on front passenger seat
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
BRZ Limited adds:
Alcantara seat inserts with leather bolsters All-Weather Package (dual-mode heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors)
Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
Dual-zone automatic climate control system
Front door courtesy lights
Keyless Access and Start with illuminated engine start/stop button
Rear trunk spoiler (body color)
Optional for Premium and Limited: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, downshift blipping control, steering wheel paddle shift control switches, sport shift mode and snow shift mode.
The 2012 Subaru BRZ came a little late to the party, bringing the same engine setup found on the Toyota GT 86: a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed boxer engine equipped with Toyota’s direct injection and port injection technology "D-4S." This engine delivers a total of 200 HP and 151 lb-ft torque, basically confirming that the previously promised 300 HP will be left for the STI version. It is mated to either a standard 6-speed manual transmission with short stroke shift lever or with an optional 6-speed automatic tranny that has an "S mode" for better shifting response and an "M mode" for optional shifting.
The Subaru BRZ offers excellent maneuverability and stability thanks to its "ultra-low center of gravity package," a feature that has been seemingly left out of the Toyota GT 86. 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. The front strut mount was lowered, but still maintains the stroke. All models will be equipped with electronic stability control to provide both driving pleasure and safety.
According to a report from Car And Driver, the US market will only be receiving 6000 units of the Subaru BRZ sports car for the 2013 model year. US dealers are already accepting orders for the car, but prices haven’t been announced just yet.
The new Subaru BRZ will be competing with, well, the GT-86. Toyota’s version will be Subaru’s natural rival and it should be interesting to see the first-year sales of these clone cars. Both models will likely have similar performance and some of the same styling cues, so it should be a fun comparison test.