Subaru to Show BRZ Prologue Concept at Frankfurt, Previews Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe

It’s been a few months since the Toyota/Subaru sports car partnership has yielded something finite, with Toyota announcing it will build and sell what was once called the FT-86 concept as the Scion FR-S. Now, Subaru is ready to release its end of the partnership, premiering the Subaru BRZ Prologue concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

BRZ, as Subaru says, stands for Boxer engine, Rear-wheel drive, and Zenith. Zenith usually refers to the highest point a star reaches in the sky, but in this case, Subaru claims they’re trying to explain the car’s “ultimate passion” and “confidence in its distinctive trademark and core technology.”

Subaru hasn’t announced any specific powertrain-related details, but has stated that the BRZ will use a horizontally-opposed Subaru boxer engine that will power only the rear wheels. Also expect the car to have either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, and a limited slip differential, as we’ve previously reported to be slated for the duo. The FR-S and BRZ will likely produce about 200 hp.

According to Subaru’s teaser site, we can predict that the Frankfurt show model will be some sort of see-through prototype, which looks something like the architecture study we saw earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. After its premier next month as the BRZ Prologue concept, the car will go on sale in spring 2012 as the Subaru BRZ.

Source: Subaru

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