Subaru's identity has depended on turbocharging and all-wheel drive for so
long that it's hard to imagine a sporty Subie without either one. But some
compromises were necessary because the car has been developed in partnership
with Toyota, which required rear-wheel drive and a naturally aspirated engine
for the forthcoming Scion FR-S. The good news is, the new rear-drive platform
allows the engine to sit 4 inches lower and 9 inches farther back than in
Subaru's standard AWD setup.
Dynamic differences between the two models will likely be minimal, although a Subaru official says the BRZ's suspension tuning won't mimic the Scion's. The BRZ chief engineer is reported to have instructed his team to benchmark the BRZ against the Porsche Cayman. We also expect an optional limited-slip differential.