roof to lower the centre of gravity.
17 Nov. 2011: The upcoming Subaru BRZ sports car
was revealed yesterday in an all-new concept version at the 2011 Los
Angeles International Auto Show (18 to 27 November 2011).
Subaru of America, Inc. says that the production Subaru
BRZ coupé will be the first rear-wheel-drive Subaru and the only
mass-produced front-, boxer-engine rear-wheel drive sports car in the
world, when production begins this spring.
The wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries
Ltd adds that the BRZ Concept - STI strongly hints at the actual styling
of the production BRZ, featuring STI – the performance brand of Subaru
– performance characteristics such as lightweight chassis and race-bred
fender flares, large diffuser, polished stainless-steel
tailpipes and vented bumper corners to improve
The concept car adopts the new Subaru “FA” BOXER
engine, which was exclusively designed for the RWD BRZ sports car. It is a
2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine (that is
with horizontally-opposed cylinders, or 180° V engine) with
equal bore and stroke dimension (also known as a square bore and stroke
engine) of 86 mm and a direct gasoline (petrol) injection fuel system
(output expected around 200hp, but figures were not announced yet).
The engine is mounted low and rearward in its
compartment to enhance balance and precise handling.
Compared with other Subaru models, also distinguished
by their low centre of gravity and good weight distribution, the engine in
the Subaru BRZ - STI is 4.7 inches (119 mm) lower and is positioned 9.4
inches (239 mm) closer to the centre of the chassis compared to a Subaru
The chassis features an STI-tuned suspension, Brembo
brakes and specific 18-inch wheels with 215/45R18 (front) and
225/45R18 (rear) tires. The Subaru-engineered and built chassis (the
BRZ is co-developped with Toyota, which owns of 16.5% of Fuji Heavy
Industries) boasts a rigid frame housing a two-plus-two interior and front
engine/rear-wheel drive layout. The design aims to combine lightweight, a
low polar moment and sharp reflexes, helped by the low engine placement
which also allows for a very low and blade-like hood design.
The 166.7-inch long body (4234 mm) has clear
sporting proportions with 70.9 inch (1801 mm) width and 50.4
inch (1280 mm) height, over a 101.2 inch (2570 mm) wheelbase,
giving short front and rear overhangs to reduce yaw movements.
The sporting look starts from the hexagonal lower front
grille, hawk eye headlights and fin-shaped fog lamps, especially with the
exterior “WR Blue Pearl II” colour, which is a new generation of the
WR blue paint scheme, known in both racing and production STI’s.
The aero-tuned lower front spoiler, rear fascia and
rear wing add down-force, with the carbon-fiber roof helping to lower the centre
of gravity (CoG), which Subaru expects to be one of the lowest of any
production car made.
The bold rear fender flares and large rear-diffuser
give way to polished stainless-steel quad-tailpipes, with vented rear
bumper corners to improve aerodynamics performance.