Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, has announced that Subaru’s new rear-wheel drive sports car, which is currently under joint development with Toyota, will be named “SUBARU BRZ”.
“BRZ” stands for “Boxer engine”, “Rear-wheel drive” and “Zenith”.
The start of production is planned for Spring 2012.
FHI will exhibit the technology concept of the “SUBARU BRZ”, named “SUBARU BRZ PROLOGUE-BOXER Sports Car Architecture II – ” at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011.
There may also be an eventual hybrid version of the BRZ production version.
Both the BRZ and its Toyota/Scion twin will be reportedly made on the line at Fuji’s Ota plant where Subaru’s former Stella minivehicle was built.
The production model BRZ’s world premiere is expected to be at the Tokyo motor show on 30th November.