Frankfurt 2011: Subaru BRZ Prologue Concept

The BRZ Prologue concept is Subaru's version of the Subaru/Toyota rear-wheel-drive sports coupe. It appeared today at Frankfurt only as a perspex "technical concept" mock-up, with the low-slung boxer engine, driveline, and suspension shown as silver fabrications.

While we didn't get to see the real BRZ, Subaru president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga confirmed that the production model will debut this November at the Tokyo Motor Show. The BRZ name will be used for production -- it stands for Boxer engine Rear-wheel-drive, and Zenith.

No more performance information was revealed aside from the fact that propulsion will come from a direct-injected horizontally opposed engine. However, Yoshinaga did say that the BRZ will have "the lowest possible center of gravity in the world" for a production car. This is because the car has a low roof and low ride height, coupled with the fact that the engine can sit very low in the front of the car. It sounds like an optimistic claim -- is the Subaru's CG lower than that of a Ferrari, for instance?

In addition to showing off the sports coupe, Yoshinaga said that Subaru will roll out its EyeSight system around the world. The system uses two cameras mounted at the top of the windshield to detect pedestrians and other vehicles, applying the brakes or warning the driver if a collision is likely.

For full, live coverage of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, please click here. We’re bringing the latest news, photos, and quotes straight to our twitter feed, @automobilemag.

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