Subaru Previews Production-Ready BRZ, New S206 Ahead of Tokyo Show
2011 Tokyo Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The final production-ready Subaru BRZ sport coupe makes its world debut in late November at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show.
- A high-performance S206 Impreza variant also will be rolled out at the Tokyo show.
- The splashy Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept, with a 1.6-liter turbo hybrid powertrain, previews Subaru's latest hybrid thinking.
TOKYO — Long rumored, but now it's official: Subaru will lift the covers on the final production-ready BRZ sport coupe in late November at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show.
Finally, the world will get to see what this keenly awaited, compact, rear-drive 2.0-liter sport coupe, co-developed with Toyota, looks and feels like.
Although the media and cyberspace are already alive with BRZ-related content, until that Tokyo reveal on November 30, Subaru still won't show us the BRZ in all its glory.
Instead, the company continues to hide behind this teaser pic, but under the hood, it's confirmed the BRZ will run with a unique and exceptionally low-set 2.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-4 engine, with "square" bore and stroke of 86-by-86mm and Toyota's D-4S direct-injection heads.
The transmission will be a six-speed (manual or auto) and Subaru is promising that the unique rear-drive chassis, with front struts and rear double wishbones, will offer "pure handling delight." The Japan BRZ measures 167 inches long, 70 inches wide and 51 inches high, so it's shorter, wider and lower than the new Impreza. Its wheelbase is set at 101 inches.
Subaru, in the meantime, must have set a new industry record by announcing the "next" version of the BRZ before the stock JDM car has even been released.
This is the BRZ Concept STI, which Subaru announced last week and, somewhat confusingly, appears next week at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, some two weeks before Tokyo.
That STI Concept, Subaru assures us, carries some visual and spec differences over the standard BRZ, so more toned-down styling for the Tokyo car looks like a given.
On Subaru's stand in Tokyo, the BRZ will also be sharing space with the S206, the latest in a long run of skunkworks-developed Imprezas for die-hards in Japan. The base will be the outgoing Impreza WRX STI sedan.
The S206 is expected to be another limited-edition, right-hand-drive special for Japan with unique turbo, chassis, suspension, brakes, wheels and tire treatment to up the ante. The talk is of 320 horsepower, but full specs will be announced in Japan on November 24.
Then there's Subaru's Advanced Tourer Concept, essentially a downsized redo of the Hybrid Tourer Concept that starred under the lights at Tokyo in 2009.
Two years on, the svelte Italianate styling and big gullwing doors have departed, for a more solid, Audi-like look. The former car's complex 2.0-liter turbo powertrain with twin-motor hybrid has also been ditched for a simpler, greener 1.6-liter turbo unit with single-motor hybrid.
Although Subaru won't say, a production version of this Advanced Tourer Concept looks likely to join the lineup for 2014.
Edmunds.com says: Subaru has plenty to tempt and tease at the upcoming 2011 Tokyo Auto Show.