TOKYO -- Subaru will introduce the production version of its BRZ rear-wheel-drive sporty car as well as an updated vision for its hybrid due in 2013 at this month's Tokyo Motor Show.
Subaru released only a headlamp teaser shot of the closely guarded BRZ -- a project developed jointly with Toyota Motor Corp. It shows Subaru's typical hexagonal grille.
But the Japanese also surrendered new specs. The car is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in the spring and then head to North America, which Subaru expects to be the model's biggest market.
The BRZ will get a new, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder horizontally opposed engine.
It will be based on the company's third-generation FB engine that appeared last fall, but it will have cylinders with wider and shorter bores to provide more power. It will also be the first Subaru equipped with direct fuel injection, a system borrowed from Toyota.
The engine will be teamed with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. And the car will get a double wishbone rear suspension.
Other specs: Overall length of 4,240 inches, width of 70 inches and height of 51 inches. The BRZ will ride on a wheel base of 101 inches.)