Recently, we caught a glimpse of what the Subaru BRZ might look like when the concept debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, Subaru has unveiled the new affordable sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The BRZ is a rear-wheel drive sports car that features a horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine. “It was developed as a joint-project between Subaru and Toyota Motor Corporation, to bring to the world a sports car with superior steering response and driving pleasure that everyone can experience,” says Subaru in a press release. “The Subaru Boxer engine in the BRZ was positioned even lower than other Subaru models so that the BRZ has one of the lowest possible centers of gravity on the market today.”

Combined with a light curb weight of about 2,700 pounds, Subaru says that the BRZ’s low center of gravity gives the BRZ astonishing handling. While the BRZ puts Subaru on the map with a proper sports car, Toyota will also bring its own version to market, known as the Scion FR-S.

Mechanically, the BRZ and the FR-S will have a lot in common. Edmunds says, “Both cars share a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter direct-injection boxer four-cylinder engine that makes 197 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, and can be ordered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.” The BRZ’s suspension will use struts up front and a double wishbone system in the rear.

Inside, the BRZ features a small steering wheel to improve maneuverability, model-specific sport seats and a tachometer with a digital speedometer in the center of the gauge cluster.

Subaru will begin production in spring 2012, but has yet to release a full list of standard features. Autoblog writes, “There's still no word on pricing yet, but this is the rear-drive sports car that will be working to redefine little, fast, flickable handling.”

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