By Rob Sullivan
For years we’ve been used to the line of exciting Subarus consisting basically of the Impreza, Legacy and Forester and perhaps only the Impreza can be classed as ‘exciting’. But there’s a new contender on the way: the BRZ.
In fact, it’s the sister of the up-and-coming Toyata GT86 and visually this is fairly obvious, although there are subtle differences between the two.
Under the bonnet of the BRZ there will be a 2.0L flat four producing 197bhp and 151 lb/ft torque, which should work nicely when it only weighs around 1.2 tonnes.
This will also be the first performance Subaru to be rear-wheel drive, which surprises me somewhat: AWD seems to be growing in popularity and practicality.
However, I’ll reserve judgement on whether I agree with removing drive from the front until I eventually get to drive one.
UK BRZ sales are due to begin in July 2012, with prices from around £26k. It is expected that 500 will be sold annually, although Japanese exports are pricey at the moment due to the yen exchange rate, so this could well change.
Either way, it’s exciting times ahead for the Japanese sports market.