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2012 Subaru BRZ

2012 Subaru BRZ

2012 Subaru BRZ

Tokyo, November 30, 2011 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. FHI, the maker of Subaru automobiles, announced its world premiere of SUBARU BRZ display model at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011. Open to public from December 3 to 11 at Tokyo Big Sight SUBARU BRZ is a rear-wheel drive sports car featuring the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine. It was developed as a joint-project between Subaru and Toyota Motor Corporation, to bring to the world a sports car with superior steering response and driving pleasure that everyone can experience. The Subaru Boxer engine in BRZ was positioned even lower than other Subaru models so that BRZ has one of the lowest possible centers of gravity on the market today. This low center of gravity produces astonishing handling character and combined with a light weight chassis BRZ realizes Subaruʟ s aim for Pure Handling Delight — the driving experience taken to a new level.


The product concept of BRZ is ʠPure Handling Delight”. The Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine has inherent qualities of low center of gravity, lightweight, and compactness. These attributes are maximized by placing this engine even lower and closer to the center of the chassis. These factors contributed to BRZ’s low center of gravity – one of the lowest possible. BRZ is a fun sports car that any driver can enjoy driving with peace of mind.


Ultra-low Center of Gravity Package. BRZ has a low-mounted Boxer engine on a specially designed chassis layout that forms an ultra-low center of gravity package . With this arrangement, BRZ achieved a low driving position typical of a sports car. It has a low and wide body of a stylish coupe with overall
height and width of 1,300 mm and 1,775 mm respectively. Yet, it allows for 2+2 seating and a trunk with ample space. Not only is BRZ a sports car, but it can also be a suitable partner for long tours with its unexpected utility.


Subaru aimed for a sports car design that instinctively conveys its fun-to-drive character. In addition, it was detailed to be instantly recognizable as a Subaru.

The ultra-low center of gravity package also allowed a low hood design. This low hood and bulging front fenders raise expectations for BRZʟ s driveability. Also, to communicate the Subaru identity, the Subaru six-star ornament, headlights and hexagon lower grille follow the Subaru design motif common across new Subaru models.

The low center of gravity enhances BRZʟ s sensuous beauty with its shapely fender flares. The aesthetic beauty is combined with functional beauty that advances aerodynamics through such areas as the C-pillar shape, rear glass inclination and trunk lid layout. As would be expected from a sports car, the front and rear overhangs were shortened to express BRZ’s liveliness. The front fender is accentuated with a distinctive garnish.

The projecting rear wheel arches sit by way of contrast to the compact cabin and emphasize the beauty of BRZ’s rear view.


Details were carefully designed to allow a new level of fun-to-drive experience in which the driver and vehicle become one.

– The steering wheel was made smaller to achieve sports car maneuverability.
– A tachometer with digitally-displayed speedometer is placed in the center of the gauges so that the driver can instantly see information without diverting attention from the road.
– Bespoke sports car seats were designed to hold the driver and passenger and feature lowered sitting positions to match the ultra-low center of gravity package.


Making full use of the design concept of the new-generation Boxer engine, the newly developed engine made exclusively for BRZ is highly efficient with superior output and environmental friendliness. It realizes an exhilarating high revving nature of a naturally-aspirated sports engine.
– It has square bore and stroke of 86 x 86 mm.
– Due to the joint development with Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota’s direct injection and port injection technology D-4S was incorporated in BRZ’s power unit.
– To achieve the ‘ultra-low center of gravity package’ , the engine as a whole has been made more compact by such means as adopting the shorter intake manifold and the shallower oil pan.


The joy of sports car driving was realized through a transmission that focuses on shift feel and

The 6-speed MT employs a short stroke shift lever. The lever was optimized in rigidity, shift quality and weight application in its pursuit of a superb shift feel.

– The 6-speed AT has S mode for better shifting response and M mode for optional shifting. Also, with the paddle shift and downshifting blipping control, this model can respond faithfully to the driver’ s inputs.


The lightweight yet highly-rigid body was developed exclusively to maximize the advantages of the ultra-low center of gravity package.

– Low center of gravity and low driving position were achieved by the perimeter type body frame layout.
– The body has a rigid and durable frame structure that also works in balance with the vehicleʟ s light weight. The rigidity is optimized for high driveability and appropriate durability is maintained for collision safety.
– High tensile steel was used in the body for weight reduction. Effective use of this material in the upper structure of BRZ contributed to its low center of gravity.
– The front hood employs aluminum for lightness. The structure was fine-tuned for a low styling that also improves pedestrian protection performance.


Excellent maneuverability and stability of the ultra-low center of gravity package offer direct and sharp response to steering and enhance the driverʟ s connection to the car.

– 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.
– To gain a low front hood from the ʠultra-low center of gravity packageʡ , the front strut mount was lowered while maintaining the stroke.
– The tires are 215/45R17 (average value) combined with lightweight and highly rigid aluminum wheels.
– All BRZ models are equipped with electronic stability control to provide both driving pleasure and safety.

In Detail

type Series Production Car
released at 2011 Tokyo Motor Show
built at Japan
engineers Tetsuya Tada
price £/td> £25,000
engine D-4S Boxer-4
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Direct Injection
displacement 1998 cc / 121.93 in³
bore 86 mm / 3.4 in
stroke 86 mm / 3.4 in
compression 12.5:1
power 147 kw / 197.1 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 98.65 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 163.98 bhp per tonne
torque 205 nm / 151.2 ft lbs @ 6600 rpm
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels RWD
front tires 215/45R17
rear tires 215/45R17
front brakes Ventilated Discs
rear brakes Ventilated Discs
front wheels F 43.2 x 17.8 cm / 17 x 7 in
rear wheels R 43.2 x 17.8 cm / 17 x 7 in
f suspension MacPherson Struts
r suspension Double Wishbones
curb weight 1202 kg / 2650 lbs
weight distro 53 % / 47 %
wheelbase 2570 mm / 101.2 in
front track 1520 mm / 59.8 in
rear track 1540 mm / 60.6 in
length 4240 mm / 166.9 in
width 1775 mm / 69.9 in
height 1300 mm / 51.2 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual or Automatic
top speed ~230.09 kph / 143 mph
0 – 100 kph ~6.7 seconds
emission 159 g/km
fuel capacity 50 litres or 13.20 gal.