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Subaru Names New Sports Car the BRZ

Will feature distinct differences from Toyota FRS-86, maker promises.

by on Aug.23, 2011

More to come in Frankfurt, but we know the long-awaited Subaru-Toyota sports car will be dubbed the BRZ on the Subaru side.

Subaru will bring a new “technology concept” to the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show that should provide some pretty clear answers as to what to expect once it finally brings to market the long-awaited sports car it has been developing with Japanese giant Toyota.

One of the things we’ve already learned is that the new car will go by the name Subaru BRZ, that abbreviation short of Boxer Rear-drive Zenith.  As that, in turn, reveals, the sports car will be powered by the classic Subaru horizontally-opposed boxer engine but – in a sharp break from long-time policy – the BRZ will become the only model in the maker’s line-up not to feature all-wheel-drive.

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Subaru gave an earlier tease at last winter’s Geneva Motor Show, unveiling a transparent – and yet-unnamed – version of the sports car that did provide a visual guide to its mechanical underpinnings.  Subaru claims that the vast majority of the cars underlying technology was developed in its R&D labs, though Toyota officials have, more recently, tried to take claim for some of the key mechanicals.