By Mike Torpey on 2012-02-14 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Subaru set for debut
SUBARU is handing a European debut to its new BRZ and Impreza models at next month's Geneva Motor Show.
The former, a 200bhp sports coupe developed in a joint project with Toyota, boasts a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout and is powered by Subaru's 2.0-litre Boxer engine.
It is virtually identical to the Toyota GT 86 and instantly recognisable as a Subaru with its low-slung bonnet line, which in turn accentuates the bulging front wheel arches, six-star badge, distinctive headlights and hexagonal lower grille.
Its flanks are punctured by air vents either side, pierced by a chrome dart, there's a diffuser dominating the lower edge of the car's tail plus twin exhaust pipes.
Inside, there are specially designed sports seats and the BRZ's steering wheel is deliberately compact to aid rapid inputs, while the instrument binnacle features a tachometer with a digitally displayed speedo.
The fourth-generation Impreza, which will also be on display at the Swiss expo, has been designed to offer refinement with value, and features Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and Boxer engine.
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