Subaru and Toyota have been showing off a jointly developed sports car, the Subaru BRZ, which was recently displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show. The car will be coming to America, though it is rumored to be packaged as a Scion here.
Toyota sports car gets Subaru boxer engine
Toyota owns a stake in Subaru, and the firms teamed up to develop a new sports car. It recently debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show, and each company showed off a version of the car with its own name on it, according to CNET. One was called the Subaru BRZ, and the other is called the Toyota GT 86.
Both are basically the same car; according to Fox it’s a 2+2 sports coupe with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine from Subaru, which is one of the few car makers that currently employ a boxer engine aside from Porsche. The spunky little cruiser makes 197 horsepower and comes with a six-speed manual transmission. However, when the car makes its stateside debut, it’s highly likely that it’s going to be branded a Scion FR-S, in order to punch up sales for the flagging Toyota brand.
Geared for serious fun
Though this car is not going to converge on Nissan GT-R territory, it is designed to be an awful lot of fun. The naturally aspirated four-cylinder boxer motor is mounted low in the chassis, according to USA Today, in order to keep it lower to the ground. It’s also fairly light, as it only weighs about 2,600 pounds.
According to the New York Times, the car is also going to be fitted with Brembo brakes, an STI-tuned suspension just like Subaru’s rally powerhouse, the WRX, and will be rear-wheel drive. The concept car, which was showcased at the Los Angeles Auto Show, had a rear-spoiler attached to the trunk. However, the production car, which was shown in Tokyo, likely will not feature a spoiler.
The car was developed in part because Toyota, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, wanted to add something sportier to its lineup to tweak perception of the brand that brought the world the Prius. Toyota also wanted to steer clear of Subaru’s traditionally turbo-charged, all-wheel-drive equipped sport cars.
Some stiff competition
The car is likely to be priced at less than $30,000, and it will be hard-pressed to become a heavyweight in the under-$30,000 sport car segment. As MotorTrend pointed out, the car will have to impress prospective owners more than the Volkswagen GTI, the Mazda Speed 3 and Subaru’s own WRX, which comes with two more doors, four-wheel-drive and more horsepower.
Other sports cars at about the same price point also include the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang, both of which pack far more power than the BRZ.