Another Subaru BRZ update!


Even as ardent fans of the GT86/BRZ duo, even we cannot pretend this latest update of the Subaru coupe is comprehensive. As previously seen, most notably with the 2017 refresh, this new car is the result of continuous tweaking and refining to incrementally improve on the much lauded coupe.

Fundamentally this is still the same car that made its debut in 2012, so look elsewhere for drastic measures. Indeed even by the standards of refreshes this is modest but, rather like you'll look for every last social media update from that one particularly special person - even the really boring ones - so we'll keep abreast of the latest BRZ developments.


Ready? This BRZ now boasts "fins to suppress the turbulence of air at the rear of the body to the rear wheel arch part", plus further optimisation of the dampers tuning. The Japan only RA Racing gets a roll cage and new seatbelt and... well, it really isn't much, is it?

Still, for a lot of people the BRZ/GT86 didn't need much improvement. The sports car that many detractors want is never the one that Subaru and Toyota will make, because more power means more weight, which means heavier components and very quickly a significantly altered car. It's been suggested that this facelifted car won't be in the UK until 2019, without anything official announced yet. Should, however, you be content to have a BRZ without the very best rear arch fins that Subaru can find, early cars are now available for less than £15k; broaden that search to include the more common GT86 and the price gets ever temptingly closer to £10,000...



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  • TekoTime 13 Sep 2018

    Ok.

  • GTEYE 13 Sep 2018

    Given they managed to sell only 527 in the whole of Europe last year and only just over 3,000 since launch in 2012, I really wonder why they bother to sell them this side of the pond. It fares a bit better in the US at 4,000 or so sales per year, but they can't be making a return.

    These changes will make no difference

  • TartanPaint 13 Sep 2018

    Open news article, look for more power or torque or mapping updates, find none, close news article.

    One day... one day...

  • tejr 13 Sep 2018

    TartanPaint said:
    Open news article, look for more power or torque or mapping updates, find none, close news article.

    One day... one day...
    Pretty much this ! LOL

    The only update I'd be interested in is another 2 cylinders .. and/or a Turbo.

  • Nanook 13 Sep 2018

    tejr said:
    TartanPaint said:
    Open news article, look for more power or torque or mapping updates, find none, close news article.

    One day... one day...
    Pretty much this ! LOL

    The only update I'd be interested in is another 2 cylinders .. and/or a Turbo.
    It's a 2.0 flat 4 that meets current emissions regulations.

    If you think you're ever going to see much in the way of a power increase, you'll be waiting a long time.

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