Geneva 2012: Subaru

  • Subaru unveils a pair of new cars
  • Production-ready BRZ sports car
  • All-new Impreza officially unveiled

The Subaru stand at Geneva had a pair of important cars.

The production-ready BRZ broke cover for the first time, and the firm also showed an all-new Impreza.

Parkers Pick – BRZ

  • What is it? The BRZ is a lightweight rear-wheel-drive coupe developed in conjunction with Toyota, which will also release a version of the car dubbed the GT 86. It uses Subaru’s four-cylinder ‘Boxer’ petrol engine, which due to its configuration can be mounted very low. This means that the handling should be superb.
  • Vital stats and facts: 200bhp is available from the 2.0-litre petrol engine, while the car weighs just 1,220kg. It will go from 0-62mph in seven seconds and has a top speed of 143mph. For more information on the Subaru BRZ, click here for sister title Car Magazine’s story.
  • Why would you buy it? It’s bound to be a great drive and will sound good too thanks to the distinctive Boxer engine note. Also more exclusive than the Toyota offering and will appeal to enthusiasts thanks to its rear-wheel-drive configuration.
  • Why wouldn’t you? It won’t be as efficient as coupes such as the Scirocco or the Astra GTC as there’s no diesel engine available.
  • Prices and launch date: Pricing not released yet, launch due later in 2012

What else is on the stand?

Subaru also unveiled an all-new Impreza. The fourth generation hatchback also has the firm’s famous Boxer engine, along with a four-wheel-drive system for extra traction.

For more news from the Geneva Motor Show 2012, click here.