New Subaru BRZ Could Have Rear-Wheel Steering

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This change will make the new Subaru BRZ even more fun to drive.

The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are two of the best entry-level sports cars on the market, but slow sales left their future in doubt. Thankfully, the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are returning for a new generation, despite slumping demand for sports coupes. We'll get to see the all-new Subaru BRZ in less than a week as the new Japanese sports car will officially debut on November 18.

To get us excited before the big reveal, Subaru has been teasing the new BRZ in various shadowy images. This latest teaser video suggests the new Subaru BRZ will have a significant change that will improve the driving dynamics.
Wheel Subaru

The video shows the new BRZ tackling twisty mountain roads to demonstrate the sports car's agility. Since the video is primarily shot from a point of view angle with only a few fleeting glimpses of the car, we don't get a very good look at the new design. However, one close-up shot seemingly confirms the Subaru BRZ will gain rear-wheel steering.

Subaru hasn't confirmed this yet, but the lingering shot of the smoking rear wheel turning is very telling. With its light weight and rear-wheel-drive setup, the current BRZ is already a joy to drive, but rear-wheel steering will radically improve the new car's corning capability and stability.

Headlights Subaru

Styling-wise, the new BRZ looks like a dramatic departure from the current model, with redesigned headlights and taillights and a more sculpted body. Subaru hasn't announced any technical details yet, but rumors suggest the new BRZ will be powered by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated boxer-four producing 217 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.

This would be a welcome boost over the current model, but other reports have suggested it will use the same turbocharged 2.4-liter engine as the Outback, Ascent, and Legacy producing 260 hp and 277 lb-ft. We'll find out the facts soon when the new Subaru BRZ debuts next week.


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