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The new Subaru BRZ sports car to debut in Frankfurt

The automotive world has known for quite some time now that Toyota and Subaru were working together on a compact sports car and while Toyota has been showing off their FT-86 for months, Subaru has announced that the world will officially meet the new Subaru BRZ Prologue at the upcoming 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Previously, Subaru has only shown off the chassis design of their new sports car but thanks to Toyota unveiling their version, we have a good idea of what we can expect when the Subaru BRZ is unveiled next month in Frankfurt. The BRZ name alone offers quite a bit of insight into the basic details; with the B standing for Boxer engine, the R standing for Rear wheel drive and the Z standing for zenith – which isn’t quite as clear as the first two. The word zenith is defined as being “the highest point reached by a celestial or other object” so it could be their proclamation at how impressive this new Subaru sports car could be.

The Subaru BRZ that will debut in Frankfurt carries the “prologue” addition in the title so it can be presumed that the vehicle that we will see in less than a month is a preproduction or conceptual model. However, with Toyota’s FT-86 having been shown over and over, how much longer will Subaru make the world wait to see the full production version? The new BRZ website states that the new Subbie sports car will arrive in the spring of 2012 so we should get a look at the full production version no later than the 2012 Detroit Auto Show – although that is hopeful speculation.

Unfortunately, the Japanese automakers announcement that the Subaru BRZ Prologue would be making its grand debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show didn’t include any images, although the announcement website (shown above) offers some different renderings of the sleek new Toyota/Subaru joint effort. The Subaru Boxer engine lineup has done a great job making the Subaru WRX and WRX STi models among the most popular Japanese performance models in the US market, so it will be interesting to see how the American consumer responds to a rear wheel drive sports coupe that will have to face competition like the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger – along with other Japanese competition like the Nissan 370Z.

Source: Subaru

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