A technology demonstrator, known as the Subaru BRZ Prologue, has just been revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It showcases the drivetrain and engine of the upcoming coupe, which Subaru says will be the only mainstream front-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car in the world powered by a horizontally opposed Boxer engine.
The concept’s FA Boxer engine is an entirely new powerplant, and has been designed exclusively for the Subaru BRZ.
The BRZ’s rear-wheel drive architecture presents a philosophical dilemma for Subaru Australia. The brand’s current ethos, featured at the conclusion of each official press release, begins with the phrase:
“Every Subaru vehicle sold in Australia features symmetrical all-wheel drive…"
Subaru Australia has a tough decision to make: stick with its current philosophy and reject the exciting new sports car; or role the dice, make an exception to the rule and see if the Australian public accepts a rear-wheel drive Subaru.
Production of the Subaru BRZ will begin in Japan in the second quarter of 2012.
At 4200mm long, 1770mm wide, 1270mm tall and with a wheelbase of 2570mm, the BRZ Prologue concept is almost identical size to its sister car – the Toyota FT-86 II – which makes it just slightly smaller than a Nissan 370Z.
Subaru describes the upcoming BRZ as a “pure handling delight”, highlighting the car’s low engine/low centre of gravity, short front and rear overhangs, and front strut/double wishbone rear suspension setup.
Expect more details of the Subaru BRZ to be revealed before the end of the year.
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