Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Official Subaru BRZ STi - RWD Coupe!

By: Jake Namer

Subaru officially released images of their proposed 2013 BRZ STi rear wheel drive coupe. The car looks small enough to keep weight down and performance up! The coupe is expected to be on display at the LA Auto Show soon and production will begin in Spring.

Subaru says:

The lightened Concept – STI features an STI-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes and unique 18-inch wheels and tires. The Subaru-engineered and built chassis boasts a rigid frame housing a two-plus-two interior and front engine/rear-wheel drive layout. With the engine mounted low and rearward in the engine compartment to allow for near-perfect balance and one of lowest CoG's of any car on the market.

The BRZ Concept – STI is designed to combine lightweight, a low polar moment and razor-sharp reflexes for the ultimate handling machine. The low engine placement also allows for a very low and blade-like hood design. Short front and rear overhangs reduce the yaw moment of inertia.

Compared with other Subaru models, which already feature a low centre of gravity and optimal weight distribution, the engine in the Subaru BRZ - STI - sits even lower, 4.7 inches lower in fact and is positioned 9.4 inches closer to the centre of the chassis.

Specifications:
Body size (Overall: Length x Width x Height): 166.7 X 70.9 X 50.4 inches
Wheelbase: 101.2 inch
Engine: Subaru Boxer "FA" engine - 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine
Tire size: 215/45R18 (Front), 225/45R18 (Rear)

For your reference as to the size of this micro-suby, the 2011 Mazda MX-5 (Miata) dimensions are as follows (Overall: Length x Width x Height): 157.3 X 67.7 X 49.0 inches



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