Subaru’s new BRZ coupe will only be available with a normally aspirated engine and rear-wheel drive, Autocar can reveal.
Speaking to Autocar at today’s Frankfurt motor show Subaru’s product planning chief and BRZ development head Toshio Masuda said the BRZ would be offered with a sole engine option: a direct-injection 2.0-litre normally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine, codenamed ‘FA’. He also said it would produce “less than 300bhp” and gearbox options would be six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.
Masuda also revealed the Subaru BRZ, which will go into production alongside its co-developed Toyota FT-86 sibling in spring 2012, would be one of the lightest and shortest cars [less than 1300mm] cars in its class, and would have the lowest centre of gravity of any rear-drive sports car on the market.
Despite Toyota showing its concept version of the coupe almost two years ago, Subaru insists the Toyota is a version of the Subaru and the smaller Japanese firm has led chassis and engine development throughout.