Subaru BRZ Concept Heading to Los Angeles
Subaru had teased the BRZ concept car at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show this month without any extensive details. But according to latest reports, the BRZ concept will make its debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
The BRZ concept is Subaru’s version of the shared rear-wheel drive sports car platform jointly developed with Toyota. Apart from the BRZ, another two cars will be based on this platform: the Toyota FT-86 the Scion FR-S. The BRZ has been showcased in several auto shows in a transparent body panel model and apparently, the companies involved in this joint project has agreed not to show any production body panels of these cars in any auto show until its debut in December. The production versions of the BRZ and the FT86 will debut at the Tokyo Auto Show in December.
The Subaru BRZ is rumored to be powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection boxer four-cylinder engine. The power output is somewhere near 200 horsepower. Also, the car is expected to have a very low center of gravity, which is a specialty of Subaru cars. Rumors also suggest that apart from the standard direct injection technology, the car may also feature Toyota’s port-and-direct injection system. The transmission system will be a six-speed transmission system in both manual and automatic forms.
The two models derived from the shared platform are rumored to be identical except for the branding and the front fascia. The Toyota model will be sold under the Scion badging in the US and as a Toyota model in other markets.
Most of the information available now is mostly rumor. But surely, the automaker will release some official data as we approach the Los Angeles launch date.