This is the first official image of the Subaru BRZ, which will go on sale in the middle of next year. The car, which shares many of its mechanicals with the Toyota FT-86, will have the lowest center of gravity of any production car when it goes on sale next summer, according to the manufacturer.
The BRZ's rear-wheel-drive configuration has meant that Subaru's compact 2.0-liter boxer engine can be mounted even lower in the chassis than would normally be permissible in the manufacturer's conventional four-wheel-drive layout.
Despite being co-developed with Toyota, the vast majority of the engineering work has been undertaken by Subaru; although the company has confirmed that the BRZ's flat-four unit will incorporate a Toyota direct fuel-injection system. Power outputs, however, will differ with a Subaru-spec ECU liberating the BRZ's power to “less than 300hp,” compared with the FT-86's 200hp figure.
Details of the car's final spec remain under wraps, but insiders suggest that the grille and bumpers will differentiate the BRZ from its Toyota-badged sibling. A roadster version could yet play a part in future model plans, but a topless car is "under consideration" rather than developmental reality.
Subaru insists that no costing strategy has been established, but the lack of a final figure has apparently not dissuaded Subaru fans from already registering their interest with the company's dealership network.