Are you waiting with bated breath for the arrival of the Subaru BRZ? Of course you are, and you can breathe now, too: Subaru began producing the BRZ (and its Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S sibling) yesterday in its Ota-city, Japan, manufacturing plant.
Subaru has already announced, shown, previewed, tested, and opened the car for pre-orders, but this is one of the last steps in taking the BRZ from concept to carving back roads. It’s rumored that only 6000 units of the Subaru BRZ will make it to American shores this year.
Presidents of both Toyota Motor Corporation and Fuji Heavy Industries were on hand at the Subaru Gunma factory yesterday to watch the first models come off the line, the culmination of a significant retooling that will allow the plant to make both the Subaru BRZ, as well as Toyota’s GT 86 / 86 / Scion FR-S. The same plant will also start cranking out Impreza models this time next year.
Both the BRZ and Scion FR-S will be powered by a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, sent to the rear-wheels through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The cars are differentiated by some subtle styling cues, along with varying levels of standard content.
Expect a couple of months to go by before you see a Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S at your local dealer: we still expect the car to go on sale in the United States this May. Pricing for neither the BRZ nor the Scion FR-S has been announced, but we estimate the BRZ will cost you about $24,000.