Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Toyota GT-86 / Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ

Here is one of the most anticipated cars of 2012; well at least in my book.  It is the Toyota GT86 / Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ.  It really is a concoction of two legendary Japanese companies: Subaru and Toyota/Scion.

Toyota and Subaru came together with one vision: to create the most "pure" sports car.  When we think of sports cars today, most of us think of small coupes with a large engine and lots of horsepower.  But when it comes down to it, who says that a sports car by definition has to have an enormous amount of power?  A car doesn't have to have a lot of power to be a fast car; it can have a decent amount of horsepower, be really light and nimble, and still be a "fast car" because of it's lightweight design.  Toyota's and Subaru's vision was to bring the enjoyment back into driving; they wanted to create a driver-focused car that produced a pure driving experience.  When it came to who produced what in the car, Subaru took care of the development of the engine and chassis, while toyota worked on the exterior and interior of the car.  

The GT-86/FR-S/BR Z is a super-lightweight RWD sports car equipped with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine producing 200 hp and 151 lb.-ft of torque.  Thats an admirable amount of power coming from a flat-4 Boxer engine for most vehicles today.  But the way the GT-86/BRZ is designed, it makes that "minuscule" 200 hp feels quite adequate because of its 2800lb. curb weight.  The GT-86/BRZ is a very nimble and precise vehicle to drive.  It has a considerably lower center of gravity than some of the biggest names in the sports car world, like the Porsche Cayman, Nissan GT-R, Subaru WRX STi, and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.  Having this great lower center of gravity allows the GT-86/FR-S/BRZ to shine against some of it's fiercest competitors.  This will prove the GT-86/FR-S/BRZ to be a force to be reckoned with whether it is on the track or on the street.
The U.S. price of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are TBA, and are expected to be released mid 2012.
Just take a look at the car in action.  This is a video by Chris Harris of Drive.

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