2011 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Subaru has named its companion to the Toyota FT-86.
- The Japanese automaker says the initials stand for "boxer engine," "rear-wheel drive" and "zenith."
- Production will start in spring 2012.
TOKYO — First came the WRX. Then the STI. Now meet the 2013 Subaru BRZ, the automaker's long-awaited rear-wheel-drive boxer sports car.
Subaru's companion to the Toyota FT-86 to be marketed in the U.S. as the Scion FR-S has been christened with an all-letter label that is a bit less unwieldy than that of its initial prototype, the clumsily named Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept (which, in turn, succeeded the equally clunky Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept).
Subaru says the initials BRZ actually stand for something — "boxer engine," "rear-wheel drive" and "zenith." That last word is defined by Webster's as "the highest point."
The BRZ was unveiled in concept form earlier this year at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. A so-called "technology concept" will be shown in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, with the full production version of the car slated to appear in December at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show.
But the company just couldn't leave well enough alone. The Frankfurt car has been saddled with the unwieldy moniker "Subaru BRZ Prologue - Boxer Sports Car Architecture II." Check out a pre-show teaser here.
Edmunds.com says: Toyobaru just sounds so much easier to say.