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Subaru BRZ. 2011 to date (prod. n/a). 2-door coupé. F/R, 1998 cm³ (F4 DOHC). Rear-wheel-drive coupé jointly developed with Toyota, and twinned with Toyota 86. Features new flat-four Subaru engine, with bore and stroke both measuring 86 mm; Toyota direct injection rather than turbocharging for better fuel economy. The aim was to create a true driver’s car, something Toyota was not known for doing; however, road tests indicated that the two companies had succeeded. Understeer at the limit but immensely capable chassis; low weight and fairly low centre of gravity. Weight distribution with 54 per cent at front, 46 at rear. All-wheel drive unlikely. Considered a departure for Subaru thanks to joint development programme; while Toyota pushed its 86 hugely, Subaru held back on its marketing in some countries.

Manufacturing location: Ōta, Gunma, Japan

Marque: Subaru

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