The BRAT is a coupé utility car based on the second generation Leone, the predecessor to the Impreza. It was available as standard with a permanent four-wheel drive system, which would later become a defining trait of modern Subaru vehicles.
Developed at the request of the president of Subaru of America, the BRAT (Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter) followed the trend set by the Chevy El Camino and Ford Ranchero as half-truck, half-car. On paper, and due to the rear-facing bed-mounted jumpseats, the BRAT was technically a car, which got Subaru out of an excessive light truck tariff versus that of passenger cars imported from Japan. Underneath its coupe-utility body is the heart of the Subaru Leone station wagon. Under the hood is the Subaru EA flat-four and in the GL model represented here, a dual-range four-wheel drive system. Although humble in power output, the BRAT, like any Subaru, is meant to go places the average car wouldn’t dare.
The BRAT features small body dimensions and only weighs 2061 lb (935 kg) whilst also utilising a four-wheel drive system. It is powered by a carbureted 1.6 litre flat-four engine with 69 hp (70 PS; 51 kW) and 84 ft·lb (114 Nm) of torque that is mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
The Horizon Edition is an upgraded variant with an XP boost and handling optimised for offroading. It comes available with performance upgraded to class C as standard but may also be upgraded with a preset that includes a 2.5 litre flat-four engine swap and raises its performance index to the maximum of class A. Players could obtain the car as a Horizon Wheelspin and Forzathon reward.
With the class A upgrade preset applied, the Horizon Edition is able to launch and accelerate quicker than most class A vehicles but still has to deal with slightly sluggish steering. On offroad tracks, the Horizon Edition is able to maintain its advantage in straight-line performance and can executive drifts fairly well.
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