Subaru Wants BRZ to Show Their RWD Expertise

We were sort of disappointed with the fact that Subaru didn’t have time to play the concept game in Frankfurt, instead opting for another clear-bodied creation in Frankfurt. Yet the fact that in only a few short month, the BRZ will be properly revealed in Tokyo makes up for this.
Yet why doesn’t the BRZ come with rear-wheel drive like the really-bread beasts the Japanese company is known for. Motor Authority asked themselves this exact same question, and they got a very interesting answer in Frankfurt, straight from Subaru’s product planning chief and head developer of the BRZ, Toshio Masuda.

According to him, there was a good reason for this other than the fact that the platform is shared with the Toyota and Scion brothers, the FT-86 and FR-S. Subaru intentionally chose RWD to show their skill at making a car stick to the road and deliver its power through the back wheels.

Masuda revealed that some Subarus with AWD have been tested delivering 90 percent of their torque to the back wheels, which sounds really cool. In addition, BRZ prototypes have hit speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour in heavy snow, which is impressive for this sort of car.

This is partly to do with the low center of gravity, but should also prove their expertise with vectoring the thrust as it were via advanced electronics.

Expect the base model to have about 200 horsepower from its 2.0-liter boxer engine, with an STI version likely to bring more.
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