The Subaru BRZ – Paris Motor Show

October 6, 2014 By Mike Lee
Last updated on August 5, 2015

Subaru will be presenting the BRZ in its range on its stand located in hall 5 at the Exhibition hall.

SUBARU BRZ – A coupé 100 % pleasure

The Subaru BRZ coupé was designed jointly by Toyota and Subaru with the aim of producing an affordable sports car entirely devoted to driving pleasure. With a weight of only 1239 kilos, an ultra-low centre of gravity, a naturally-aspirated, 200-hp Boxer engine, ergonomics fully devoted to the driving position and a particularly attractive line, this goal has clearly been achieved.

When the project was born in 2006, the accent was immediately placed on the notion of pure driving pleasure based on the principle that the 4-seater coupé should be driven by a naturally aspirated engine with power transmitted only to the rear wheels.

The whole Subaru BRZ concept is based on fundamental physical notions concerning the centre of gravity and weight distribution. Numerous mechanical elements such as the intake manifold, exhaust manifold, oil sump or suspension have been redesigned to give an ultra-low centre of gravity. The choice of a horizontally-opposed Boxer engine made this approach even easier. To make the most of the intrinsic qualities of the Boxer engine, it was positioned as low as possible in the chassis and as close to the centre while the gearbox is placed flat. The height of the aluminium bonnet was reduced by lowering the suspension. The steel roof is only 0.65 mm thick. Even passenger weight was taken into consideration as a factor affecting vehicle performance. The seats are lower and close to the wheelbase centre. With a centre of gravity of 46 cm and weight distribution 53 % / 47 % to the front and rear, the Subaru BRZ offers exceptional weight distribution. As well as the resulting dynamic qualities, the ultra-low centre of gravity contributes to the visual beauty and elegant nature of this coupé with an aerodynamic coefficient of cd 0.27.

Measuring 4.240 m in length and 1.775 m in width, a height of only 1.285 m and a wheelbase of 2.570 m, the Subaru BRZ is an extremely compact 4-seater coupé.

Priority to ergonomics
Subaru wanted the Subaru BRZ to have all the qualities of an authentic sports car and developed the cockpit with this in mind. The seat, aluminium pedals and reduced diameter steering wheel have been designed for a perfect driving position. Ergonomics also characterise some of the commands with switches or the digital rev counter placed at the centre of the instrument panel so that the driver can stay focused on the road. Visibility to the front has been enhanced thanks to the optimised shape and slope of the A pillar and the front quarter panel for a trouble-free, safe drive. The interior is practical and comfortable for a sports car. For example, the boot can hold the luggage of the two occupants and the folding rear bench seat leaves even more space for bags, golf clubs or race tyres for trying the Subaru BRZ on the track!

The Boxer engine
It combines remarkable environmental performance with an exceptional power of 200 hp and sharp responses – all qualities to be expected from a new generation sports car. With a bore and stroke of 86 mm, it can easily rise to 7 000 rpm.

Developed in collaboration with Toyota, it avails of the D-4S dual-injection system, direct and indirect. This gives it remarkable power and responsiveness. The automatic gearbox version of the BRZ emits 164 g/km of CO2 and only consumes 7.1 l/100 km. The manual gearbox version emits 181 g/km and consumes 7.8 l/100 km. The same version can do 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and reach 226 km/h on track (8.2 seconds and 210 km/h for the automatic).

The 6-speed manual gearbox with a short-throw lever has triple cone synchronisers on the first three gears to make gear changes even faster. The 6-speed automatic gearbox has paddle controls on the steering wheel and an engine speed adapter for downshifting and offers several driving modes.

McPherson suspension is fitted at the front. It has been specially developed for the Subaru BRZ using light but rigid parts which have already been proven on the WRX STI and other high-performance models.

Performance and comfort
The desire to produce a sports care devoted to driving pleasure has not been to the detriment of comfort. Quite the contrary. The quality of the equipment on the Subaru BRZ is a testimony to the care shown to passenger comfort. As is the custom at Subaru, the list of options is limited to metallic paint and the GPS navigation system. Everything else is standard. Air conditioning is automatic and dual zone, access and start are keyless, and the audio system has 6 loud-speakers and USB and auxiliary jacks. Automatic lighting of lamps, HID headlights with automatic level control, the front fog lamps, the speed-control and the heated door mirrors are all offered as standard equipment. The Subaru BRZ is available in a Club version which includes heated front leather and alcantara seats.

As well as comfort, safety as is always the case with Subaru, has suffered no concessions, either in terms of equipment or construction of this model, around a lightweight and ultra-rigid body thanks to the use of high-strength steel.

Specs (6 speed manual):
Engine: 1998cc 4 cylinder DOHC 16-valve
Power: 200 PS / 205 Nm
0-100 km/h: 7.6 seconds
Top Speed = 140 mph
Kerb weight = 1239kg