Subaru's version of the shared rear-drive sports car platform that will also be marketed as a Toyota (FT-86 II) and a Scion (FRS
) will be making its official debut in not-quite-production trim at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. We already know a little about the car, but today, we get a few more details.
Most recently shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show as the BRZ Prologue II
, the rear-drive Subie sports car will be powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection boxer four-cylinder, which will be unique to the BRZ
and its siblings. Output is expected to be around 200 horsepower, which is rather good for a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter. It will also have a very low center of gravity, about 450 mm, or 17.7 inches. But we already knew all of that. We even knew why Subaru decided to go RWD with the BRZ
The new details, courtesy of Car and Driver
, include a hint that it will have not just standard direct injection, but Toyota's port-and-direct injection system; the transmissions will be six-speed in both manual and automatic form; the BRZ will look more or less just like the Toyota/Scion version, aside from a different set of bumpers--almost all sheetmetal will be shared; the ony differentiation between the Scion and Toyota version swill be badging; and the Scion version of the BRZ will be available in very low-content trim for tuners to play with.
Take all of this with a grain of salt, of course, as none of it's official yet. We're just two months away from the BRZ's unveiling in L.A., however, so we're not far out from more of the juicy details.