Subaru BRZ revealed in full production form

Subaru BRZ production version first photos 29.11.2011
Subaru BRZ production version first photos 29.11.2011

Just hours before its scheduled unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru has revealed the first images and details of the production ready BRZ sports car, Subaru's version of the recently revealed Toyota GT 86.

As expected, the technical aspects of the Subaru BRZ mimic its Toyota brother. The same horizontally opposed 2.0 liter naturally aspirated boxer engine lies beneath the hood putting out 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp) with a maximum torque of 205 Nm (151 lb-ft).

Still no word on performance figures, but Subaru has revealed the kerb weight is 1219kg (2,689 lb).

Now the question remains, which do you prefer? Toyota GT 86 or Subaru BRZ?


Source: Subaru

Subaru BRZ

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 the BRZ was positioned even lower than other Subaru models so that the 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 Subaru's aim for "Pure Handling Delight" -the driving experience taken to a new level.


The product concept of Subaru BRZ is "Pure 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. The Subaru BRZ is a fun sports car that any driver can enjoy driving with peace of mind.


The Subaru BRZ has a low-mounted Boxer engine on a specially designed sub-frame that forms an "ultra-low center of gravity package". With this arrangement, BRZ achieved a low driving position typical of a sports car. Overall height of Subaru BRZ is 1,300 mm and it has a wide and low body of a stylish coupe at 1775mm. Yet, it allows for 2+2 seating and a trunk with ample space. Not only is the 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 the car's fun-to-drive character. In addition, it was detailed to be instantly recognizable as a Subaru.

Front fascia

The "ultra-low center of gravity package" also allowed a low hood design. This low hood and bulging front fenders raise expectations for the Subaru BRZ's drivability. 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 BRZ'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, trunk lid layout. As would be expected from a sports car, the front and rear overhangs were shortened to express the Subaru BRZ's liveliness. The front fender is accentuated with a distinctive garnish.

Rear fascia

The projecting rear wheel arches sit by way of contrast to the compact cabin and emphasizes the beauty of the 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 the 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 the Subaru 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 response.

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 vehicle's light-weight. The rigidity is optimized for high drivability and appropriate durability is maintained for collision safety.

High tensile steel was used in the body to contribute to weight reduction. Effective use of this material in the upper structure of the Subaru 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" offers direct and sharp response to steering and enhances driver'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 "ultra-low center of gravity package", the front strut mount was lowered while maintaining the stroke.

The tires are 215/45R17 combined with lightweight and highly rigid aluminum wheels.

All models are equipped with electronic stability control to provide both driving pleasure and safety.

Related Articles

Add comment

subscribe to comments
comment rules Add comment

Comments (20)

aksaid aksaid
So who stole the design first?! Toyota or Subaru? Is it just me or these 2 new coupes look the same!
Nov 30th, 2011 8:10am
0 0
garyk1 garyk1
Wrong photo this is the Peugeot version
Nov 29th, 2011 11:39pm
0 0
shaahinmt shaahinmt
we still need to know which one is cheaper. i would go for the cheaper one. the suby looks better tho.
Nov 29th, 2011 11:13pm
0 0
I don't know, it looks a bit soft to me and the real lights are ugly as hell. But that doesn't matter when you're drivin
Nov 29th, 2011 11:10pm
0 0
AidanDare AidanDare
its called the FT-86 not the GT-86, the whole thing was built by subaru, both the toyota and subaru models, and it'd be an sti trim, nor a wrx. its not an AWD rally car. its a street RWD. no world rally cross... and was never expected to have 300hp. that's just speculation by a dumb-ass journalist. don't believe everything you read. :) cheers folk! can't WAIT to have these in my dealership for sale! whoop whoop! P.S. IT LOOKS WAY BETTER THAN THE TOYOTA!!!! it'sa a bloody mini aston martin!
Nov 29th, 2011 9:41pm
2 1
N20_Purge N20_Purge
GT-86 is the name of the production model. FT stands for Future Toyota.
Nov 29th, 2011 10:42pm
1 0
shaahinmt shaahinmt
u have been living under a rock for to long kid.
Nov 29th, 2011 11:15pm
0 0
Piotre_k Piotre_k
I like the frond end on the Subaru more than on the Toyota and it looks great in white. But really good news is the weight: 1220kg is just about what I was hoping for and should make this car pretty handy in corners.
Nov 29th, 2011 9:13pm
1 0
I posted this as a response to a comment, but it also could stand as its own statement. It was never the case that, they (Toyota/Subaru stated that it would have the output of 300Hp or so, nor did they claim that it would be in that performance range as well. The car is supposed to be placed below the Subaru WRX STi, so if it has 300hp it would be in direct competition with that model. On the bright side, Subaru did state that the 2013 version of the WRX STi would be a standalone model separate from the Impreza, with its own chassis and engine (like the Nissan GT-R versus the old Nissan Skyline GT-R). Also, from what you can find out there, it seems even more likely that the replacement for the Supra is quite close, Toyota even mentioned it officially in conversations with journalists when discussing this model, on certain other popular car sites.
Nov 29th, 2011 8:13pm
0 0
Dolomight 74-86 Dolomight 74-86
C'mon STI what are you waiting for? EJ25T swap anyone?
Nov 29th, 2011 6:05pm
0 1
Imo, the Toyota version looks much more appealing than the Subaru's one. Nevertheless it is one fresh breath of air in the current Subie's product lineup since the SVX and iconic Impreza WRX STI 22B sports cars.
Nov 29th, 2011 4:40pm
0 0
sideskraper sideskraper
What gets me though is the fact that there is very little Subaru design language going on with the BRZ. It's all Toyota.
Nov 29th, 2011 3:35pm
2 0
DeleteThisAccount DeleteThisAccount
Take a look at these lineups: http://www.toyota.com/modelselector/ http://www.subaru.com/vehicles/index.html This car is Subaru design, not Toyota.
Nov 30th, 2011 10:13am
0 0
sideskraper sideskraper
I have eyes, do you? The design DNA is pure Toyota.
Nov 30th, 2011 6:51pm
0 0
N20_Purge N20_Purge
I think the GT 86 has got the edge when it comes to looks. I agree with Speed's comment. I prefer the more aggressive design.
Nov 29th, 2011 2:11pm
2 1
shaahinmt shaahinmt
i think the simpler looking suby is more elegant and less "in ur face" design. and i think it would be probably cheaper.
Nov 29th, 2011 11:17pm
1 0
Speedoholic Speedoholic
This one is "cute", isn't as aggressive as the Toyota, which is why I like the latter. Would love to see it in WRX trim though.
Nov 29th, 2011 1:57pm
0 0
kryst_PL kryst_PL
With the same power output - the Toyota. What happened to 300 bhp that was expected in Subaru ?
Nov 29th, 2011 1:14pm
0 0
That was never the case, they never stated that it would have that output level nor did they claim that it would be in that performance range as well. The car is supposed to be placed below the Subaru WRX STi, so if it has 300hp it would be in direct competition with that model. On the bright side, Subaru did state that the 2013 version of the WRX STi would be a standalone model separate from the Impreza, with its own chassis and engine (like the Nissan GT-R versus the old Nissan Skyline GT-R.
Nov 29th, 2011 8:11pm
0 0