The Toyota side of the joint-effort Toyota-Subaru coupe project has been previewed a couple of different times now in the form of the FT-86 and the FT-86 II concepts. But this is the first time Subaru has shown off their plans for the car in any detail. The Subaru BRZ Concept features the same dimensions and proportions as the Toyota, and even some of the sheet metal looks like it could quite happily be swapped between the two cars.
Thankfully the Subaru BRZ Concept isn’t afflicted with the same ugly features as every other Subaru currently on sale. Up front there’s a nice big grille, sharp looking splitter, and tidy daytime running lights. The sides are clean and uncluttered, and at the rear there’s a purposeful looking spoiler, prominent air diffuser and two pairs of polished stainless-steel exhausts.
The Subaru BRZ Concept has an STI-tuned chassis and suspension, Brembo brakes and unique 18-inch wheels. The car’s center of gravity has been kept low by mounting the engine as far down in the chassis as possible, and also by fitting a carbon-fiber roof.
Powering the Subaru BRZ Concept is a front-mounted 2.0 litre naturally aspirated, direct-injection flat-four cylinder engine which sends its power to the rear wheels. No word yet on power or performance, but just the fact there’s a new, affordable, front-engine, RWD sports coupe getting ready to hit the showrooms is cause for celebration!
The Subaru BRZ will make its production debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in December.