Subaru’s second generation BRZ has finally been announced. It’s long overdue with the first edition having been on sale since 2012. Again, it is a joint development project with Toyota which sells the Toyota 86.
As the event was held in the USA the details below are of the U.S. model.
The four-cylinder boxer engine is a 2.4-litre unit and produces 15 per cent more torque than the superseded model. It drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Models equipped with the automatic have what Subaru calls a “refined Sport mode”. When the car detects the driver is taking a sporting approach the transmission selects and holds an appropriate gear to make cornering feel more direct.
It’s based on the Subaru Global Platform so the new body delivers a 60 per cent increase in front lateral bending rigidity and a 50 per cent increase in torsional stiffness. The roof, front guards and bonnet are made from aluminium. Added structural enhancements improve collision safety.
Inside are contoured sport seats with firm side bolsters. The 8-inch multimedia infotainment system, including standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto offers intuitive, smartphone-like operation.
BRZ safety is further enhanced, including driver assist technology and improved collision performance.
Models equipped with a six-speed automatic have Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology for the first time. The functions including pre-collision braking and adaptive cruise control.
Subaru’s Australian chief, Blair Read, said: “It’s tremendously exciting to get these first glimpses into second generation BRZ.
Subaru Australia has yet to confirm a launch date for second generation BRZ locally.