After years of hype, here’s what the Subaru equivalent of the Toyota FT-86 will look like in production form. The Subaru isn’t sporting a body kit like the leaked images of the Toyota, so it looks a bit more conservative than the “Fast and Furious” FT-86. The plain vanilla color doesn’t help add appeal, but I actually prefer the Subaru’s subdued lines to the over-the-top styling of the Toyota (and Scion FR-S).
Under the hood, the BRZ uses the same 2.0-liter boxer-four as the Toyota, and will produce the same 200-ish horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. Since the car will weigh in at less than 2,700 pounds, that should still be enough grunt for reasonable acceleration. Like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, however, the BRZ’s strength will likely be in handling, not straight line speed. Learn to carry speed into a corner and the BRZ will be plenty fast; on the other hand, throwing down against a V6 Mustang or Camaro at a traffic light would be ill advised.
Look for pricing and order details closer to the car’s launch in 2012 as a 2013 model.