Advertisement

2013 Subaru BRZ Revealed: 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Follow Viknesh

Hot on the heels of the reveal of the new Toyota GT 86, or Scion FR-S as it’s expected to be called in the U.S., Subaru has unveiled its version of the new jointly developed rear-wheel drive sports car, the BRZ.

While it's only making its official world debut alongside its Toyota sibling today at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, almost everything there is to know about the BRZ has already been revealed although there are a few new interesting tidbits.

Unique elements of the BRZ are its grille and front bumper design, headlight detailing, custom fender vents, integrated exhaust tips, and revised tail-lamps. Otherwise, it's almost identical to the GT 86, right down to its naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine.

Despite predictions the BRZ would be more powerful than its Toyota counterpart, Subaru has confirmed that its sports car will also feature a horizontally opposed ‘boxer’ engine and Toyota’s D-4S direct injection technology and with peak output capped at 197 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The engine is installed front mid-ship to create an ultra-low center of gravity--475 millimeters to be exact.

We can also confirm that the BRZ will tip the scales at just 2,689 pounds, leading to an almost ideal 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution. As for the chassis, this features MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone setup in the rear. The brakesfeature fully ventilated disks and reside within 18-inch wheels shod with 215/40R18 tires up front and 225/40R18s in the rear.

2013 Subaru BRZ

2013 Subaru BRZ

Enlarge Photo
Inside, there’s a tachometer with a digitally displayed speedometer and bespoke sports seats.

Note, Subaru has also confirmed its participation in next year's Super GT Series in Japan where it will compete in the GT300 class using the new BRZ.

Stay tuned for more updates from the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, full coverage of which you can access here.

Subaru BRZ GT300 race car

Subaru BRZ GT300 race car

Enlarge Photo
Advertisement
 
Follow Us

 

Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comments (7)
  1. So it's a new celica, and NOT a sports car? If it had 300HP you could call it one. With a 13:1 hp to weight ratio you won't be going anywhere fast. A 2001 Honda S2000 is faster than this (11:1 HP to weight ratio), and it was designed in the 90's. It even has better weight distribution. I've been waiting for this car ever since the concept 5 yrs ago. I have to say I'm truly disappointed, that after all this time Toyota could not come up with something better than this. A Hyundai Genesis 3.8 coupe is a much better choice.
     
    Post Reply
    -1
    Bad stuff?

     
  2. Don't be dim. A sports car isn't about high power figures. It's about driver engagement. This car is the size of a Miata, but it's a rigid enclosed coupe. It's got an ideal weight distribution. 200HP is plenty for a car this size.
     
    Post Reply
    +1
    Bad stuff?

  3. Might as well wait for the Focus ST. More power, a proven chassis and alot less $$$.
     
    Post Reply
    -1
    Bad stuff?

     
  4. A lot less $$$? The price of the Subaru BRZ or the Focus ST has not been announced.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  5. This car would be amazing if they would add on the Awd system and add a turbo to the 2.0 i would say it would be a nice little sports car. It wouldnt need the awd system but i think it would help besides just adding a little more weight. But that boddy with a turbo and awd would be a much better contender.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

     
  6. While AWD handles better in slippery conditions, it's not very good in the dry compared to RWD. Go do a trackday, and you will see all the STI's and EVO's plowing thru the turns, and getting passed by just about everything, until they get back on a straight.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  7. While AWD handles better in slippery conditions, it's not very good in the dry compared to RWD. Go do a trackday, and you will see all the STI's and EVO's plowing thru the turns, and getting passed by just about everything, until they get back on a straight.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

 

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Advertisement

Take Us With You!

 
Advertisement
Advertisement

Research New Cars

Go!

Related Used Listings

Browse used listings in your area.

 
© 2014 MotorAuthority. All Rights Reserved. MotorAuthority is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.