The Subaru BRZ and it’s platform-sharing cousin, the Toyota FT-86 (or Scion FR-S) won’t be unveiled until the Tokyo Motor Show, which kicks off at the end of this month. Subaru chose to show an “STI concept” of its upcoming BRZ sports coupe, and we suspect that the final product will look a lot like what you see here. The wing may not make production versions (especially in base model trim), and the aero package may be slightly less aggressive, but the basic lines of the car should be nearly identical, and we say that’s a good thing.
Subaru is careful not to reveal many details about the car, and it isn’t yet clear if an STI version will be produced (but we certainly hope so). The engine in the show car is a naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter boxer-four, but Subaru isn’t saying what kind of horsepower it will produce. We’ve heard “under 300,” but seriously doubt that Subaru is making that much from a 2.0-liter engine without forced induction. Maybe that’s a sign that a turbocharged STI version is in the works after all.
Here’s what we do know about the BRZ: it’s designed to have a very low center of gravity for optimized handling, and it’s going to be front-engine, rear-drive in layout. Aside from that, anything else is just speculation, so we’ll wait another two weeks for the details.