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Grip : GRIP September 2011
NEw BRz CREATES BUzz IN FRANkFURT NEW PRODUCT GRIP More details of Subaru’s rear-wheel drive BRZ spor ts car have emerged at Frankfurt Motor Show. Described as a “pure handling delight”, the BRZ will be the only mainstream front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car in the world to be powered by a horizontally-opposed Boxer engine. Fuji Heav y Industries (FHI), the maker of Subaru cars, is displaying a BRZ Prologue technology demonstrator at Frank furt, which shows the drivetrain and engine beneath a transparent body. The BRZ Prologue uses a totally new FA Boxer engine, exclusively designed for the car. FHI says the 2.0 litre alloy engine’s light-weight, compact size and low centre of gravity produces great handling stability and driving excitement. “Subaru’s rear-wheel drive spor ts car, jointly developed with Toyota Motor Corporation, is another major engineering achievement that will offer ‘Enjoyment and Peace of Mind’ with its all-new standards of sporty driving,” s aid Mr Yoshinaga President, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. “You can see its vehicle height is extremely low. Making full use of the originally low centre of gravity of the Subaru Boxer, we have mounted the engine even lower in order to deliver ‘Pure Handling Delight’ experience. “As a result, Subaru’s BRZ will be the spor ts car featuring the lowest possible centre of gravity in the world. We equipped this concept with the new direct- injection Subaru boxer engine which the production model will feature. “We plan to give the Subaru BRZ its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show in November.” To achieve the lowest possible centre of gravity, the engine sits 120mm lower and is positioned 240mm closer to the centre of the chassis than existing Subaru models. An added benefit is the low bonnet – c ontributing to the sleek silhouette. The BRZ Prologue features front strut suspension and double wishbone rear, for outstanding stability and control. The car doesn’t rely solely on power output, but draws on the chassis, drivetrain, engine and suspension set up working in unison to produce great drivability. Short front and rear overhangs reduce the yaw moment of inertia, resulting in agile and stable handling. BRZ is due to begin production in northern Spring, 2012. A decision is due by the end of this year on whether BRZ will join Subaru’s Australian line-up. BRZ Prologue major specifications: Length: 4200 mm Width: 1770 mm Height: 1270 mm Wheelbase: 2570 mm Engine: Subaru 2.0 litre naturally aspirated four- cylinder horizontally- opposed FA Boxer engine Tyre size: 215/45R17 INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE AFTERSALES NEW PRODUCT - XV NEW PRODUCT - BRZ PARTS & ACCESSORIES AMBASSADOR SALES DEALERSHIP BRAND COMPARISON DEALER RANKINGS SPORT
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