SUBARU’s second generation BRZ sports coupe set pulses racing overnight when it was unveiled in the United States, with the rear-wheel drive sports coupe to this time be powered by a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine.
Renowned as a ‘pure sports car’, the new BRZ will build on its iconic reputation, and has been designed to deliver even more driving pleasure, a true sports car identity, and greater peace-of-mind, with significant evolution of all aspects.
Developed once again in conjunction with Toyota Motor Corporation, the next generation model includes thoroughly enhanced intake/exhaust efficiency and reduced friction, delivering 15 per cent more torque than the superseded model.
That should take it to around 249Nm of torque, out of the box, according to US figures, with 170kW of power on offer.
With a smooth revving feel and sharp throttle response, the engine provides stronger acceleration and a noticeable power increase. Models equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission also gain a refined Sport mode. A manual transmission is also available.
When the car detects the driver’s intension for sporty driving, the transmission automatically selects and holds an appropriate gear to make cornering feel more direct. Handling performance overall is enhanced for ultimate driving pleasure.
Using knowledge learned from the Subaru Global Platform, as well as adopting new methods such as inner frame construction and structural adhesive application, the BRZ’s new body delivers a 60 per cent increase in front lateral bending rigidity.
There’s a 50 per cent increase in torsional stiffness too. The stiffer body contributes to improved steering response, more nimble handling and better traction in cornering.
The use of aluminium for the roof, front guards and bonnet minimizes the weight increase of the larger engine. Added structural enhancements improve collision safety too, also contributing to optimised weight layout and lower centre of gravity, improving agility.
Models equipped with 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels feature Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, for greater controllability and sharper response, producing more driving pleasure. It will feature four-wheel independent suspension.
The new BRZ’s sophisticated exterior design evokes its fun driving theme – loaded with sports car dynamism. The hexagonal grille, set lower and wider, signifies the low centre-of-gravity.
The character line starting from the grille continues through the front guards toward the rear, expressing the strength of the core body. Several aerodynamic items are used, including side sill spoilers and air outlets, located behind the front guards.
These features add accents to the exterior design and also aid performance. Inside, the simple, horizontal style instrument panel and low hood provide a wider view, for more focus on driving.
The combination of a 7.0-inch TFT and a segment LCD, mean the digital gauge cluster helps the driver recognise important information intuitively and quickly.
A contoured sport seat with firm side bolsters communicates the vehicle’s movement accurately, while minimizing driver fatigue.
The 8.0-inch multimedia infotainment system, including standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto offers intuitive, smartphone-like operation.
BRZ safety is further enhanced, including driver assist technology and improved collision performance. Models equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission feature Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology – a new feature in BRZ.
The functions including pre-collision braking and adaptive cruise control. Collision safety performance is improved via the stronger body, using larger amounts of high-tensile steel and enhanced passenger protection systems.
Subaru Australia General Manager, Blair Read, said: “It’s tremendously exciting to get these first glimpses into second generation BRZ.
“This car gave the whole sports segment a massive shake when it originally launched in 2012 and based on what we know so far about the second generation, we’ve got very high hopes for its ongoing appeal in Australia.”
Subaru Australia has yet to confirm a launch date for second generation BRZ locally.