What is it? Subaru's first rear-wheel-drive model is a 2+2 sports coupe shared with Toyota, with rear seats big enough for occasional use. Both models (the BRZ and Scion FR-S) use an all-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine from Subaru producing 200-hp and about 178 ft.-lbs. of torque with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio. Subaru says the engine is mounted 4 inches lower and 8 inches further back in the chassis than in the Impreza to aid handling. A choice of a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission is offered.
Subaru builds the car in Japan and reportedly did almost all the engineering work, while Toyota took charge of styling. Subaru claims the car weighs about 2,700 pounds.
What is new or notable: The BRZ will end Subaru's run of making only all-wheel-drive cars since 1995. The company hints that turbocharged versions of the BRZ are also in the offing.
When will it be available? Spring 2012