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The production model of the 2013 Subaru BRZ just got official, as seen in the January 2012 issue of Road & Track magazine. It won’t be long until we’ll see the real deal BRZ when it makes its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, and it appears that Road & Track got to experience the US-spec model based on these photos.
Powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.0L flat-four with 200-bhp and 151 lb-ft of torque, the BRZ is going to be offered in two trim levels according to Subaru. The base model will sport 16-inch wheels, while the premium model will feature 17-inchers. The excerpt in Road & Track doesn’t really reveal much about the upcoming sports car, stating that it “felt light on its feet and it cornered with confidence.” It did say that the power felt adequate, but struggled climbing hills.
Based on the amber reflectors on the front bumper, the lack of headlight washers and the reverse lights without the red triangle reflector, we can safely assume that this will be the North American version of the BRZ. Hang tight as Autoguide.com will have live photos from the Tokyo Motor Show when the Subaru BRZ officially debuts.
For more information and to discuss the new Subaru BRZ, please visit our Subaru BRZ Forum.
GALLERY: Official Production Subaru BRZ
Road & Track magazine is helping prep a Suzuki Kizashi to attack two land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. In conjunction with master race car builder Richard Holdener, the team from R&T will attack the naturally aspirated Gas Coupe class, as well as the turbocharged Blown Gas Coupe category.
The naturally aspirated record is a meager 103 mph, a velocity that virtually any production car could easily surpass, and this record should be a wash for the Suzuki. The Blown Gas Coupe category on the other hand, has a loftier goal of 203 mph, and the Kizashi is going to need some serious changes to hit the mark. A roll cage, aluminum racing seat and some fancy engine components are seen in the video, while Holdener talks about a parachute system to slow the car down. R&T plans on periodically released a short video clip, so you’ll just have to periodically check back for more coverage.
[Source: Road & Track]