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Subaru BRZ Concept - Frankfurt Auto Show

author photo by David Boldt September 2011

On the sportier side of Subaru's Frankfurt stage stood the new BRZ two-seater.While still shown in concept form, with panels exposing its mechanical layout rather than sheetmetal concealing it, this is the first true indication of the new Subaru design direction beyond the platform itself. The two-place coupe’s form closely follows the BRZ's front mid-engined layout, with abbreviated overhangs and reasonably sized interior. And while visually similar to the Scion FR-S Concept with which the BRZ shares its platform, the differentiation between the two goes beyond badging. Notably, the BRZ will be available in but one drivetrain format - rear-wheel drive.

The BRZ is powered by a 2.0-liter, Subaru-sourced Boxer powerplant; speculation suggests some 200 horsepower at launch. In combination with what we suspect will be a low curb weight fully in sync with the BRZ's tidy dimensions, 200 should do it - unless your point of reference is Subaru's own WRX STI. Somehow, we think Subaru has a plan for those drivers, also.

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DAVID BOLDT Began his automotive career in BMW and Saab showrooms in the 1980s, and he moved to automotive journalism in 1993. David has written for a variety of regional and national publications, and prior to joining AutoTrader, he managed media relations for a Japanese OEM.
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