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2012 Subaru BRZ: 197bhp 2.0-litre engine
Driving enjoyment is what the Subaru BRZ coupé is all about.
The project – jointly developed with Toyota, which is selling its own-version badged GT86 – uses a 2.0-litre Subaru-derived flat four-cylinder Boxer engine producing 197bhp and 151lb ft of torque (pulling power), driving the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
Thanks to the car’s relatively low weight of 1,220kg, a low centre of gravity helped by the boxer engine design, and a chassis developed with a focus on rigidity, the Japanese sports car promises agile handling alongside modest, rather than mind-blowing, performance.
Subaru is yet to release any official data for the BRZ, but expect 0-62mph to be completed in around seven seconds – more or less the same as the Toyota GT86 sister car.
2012 Subaru BRZ: One trim level
The Subaru BRZ goes on sale in the UK in July this year and will be sold initially in one trim level only.
The first BRZ variant released will be the top-specification model, with standard equipment including 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry, heated seats, leather interior, MP3-compatible audio system, dual-zone climate control, LED running lights, Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamic Control and seven airbags to ensure safety is strong.
Two more trim levels will join the BRZ range later this year, including a lower-spec model and a third ‘stripped out’ version aimed at track day enthusiasts and vehicle tuners.
Subaru is yet to confirm pricing for the BRZ although it is expected to be more expensive that the Toyota version – the GT 86 goes on sale in June priced from £24,995 but Subaru plans to sell comparatively small numbers of the BRZ, hence the likely inflated price tag.
We should know more once the car is finally revealed in all its European glory at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
2012 Subaru BRZ: ETCo package
The BRZ will be available with Subaru’s new three-year aftercare package – dubbed ‘Everything Taken Care of’.
The suite of benefits worth over £7,000 comes free of charge and comprises 11 factors that the Subaru will manage to make running and owning the car easier, according to the Japanese manufacturer.
These include minor dent and scratch repairs, alloy wheel repairs, an annual valet with your car washed every month, replacement of lost keys, an annual wheel alignment check, free first MOT and winter wheel and tyre storage.