Subaru has provided initial information on its second generation BRZ sportscar, with more to follow closer to its estimated launch in Australia December.

Built in Subaru’s factory in Japan the BRZ will be priced from $38,990 Manufacturer’s List Price.

Two variants will be available, BRZ Coupe and BRZ Coupe S. Both with the choice of six-speed manual or six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.

Power will come from Subaru’s new design naturally-aspirated 2.4-litre direct and port injection four-cylinder horizontally-opposed Boxer engine.

Subaru BRZ for the first time offers a suite of Vision Assist features, starting with:
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
Lane Change Assist (LCA)
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Automatic BRZs also have Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist technologies, while also adding:
High Beam Assist (HBA)
Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)
An 8-inch touchscreen integrated infotainment system gives access to:
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
Digital radio (DAB+)
Satellite navigation
Vehicle settings

All Subaru BRZs have a leather covered steering wheel and gear shift. BRZ Coupe’s cloth seat trim upgrades to Ultrasuede and leather accented seat trim in BRZ Coupe S, plus heated driver and front passenger seats.

Both models have smart key and push-start ignition, self-levelling LED headlights (dusk-sensing), Daytime LED Running Lights, 18-inch alloy wheels and body-coloured door mirrors.

Subaru BRZ is available in:
Crystal White Pearl
Ice Silver Metallic
Magnetite Grey Metallic
Crystal Black Silica
Sapphire Blue Pearl (new)
Ignition Red (New)
WR Blue Pearl

New BRZ’s body has approximately 60 per cent greater front lateral bending rigidity and approximately 50 percent more torsional stiffness. The stiffer body contributes to improved steering response, more nimble handling and better stability.

Full Australian BRZ specification will be confirmed in the coming months and we will report on these as soon as we can arrange our week of road testing.

Subaru General Manager, Blair Read, said: “In line with Subaru’s hard-earned reputation for great balance and control, all BRZ components are designed to be optimally placed for maximum performance.

“BRZ’s improved power to weight ratio applies lessons learned from the much-admired Subaru Global Platform.

“This means BRZ’s unique platform is furthered strengthened and when combined with an engine with more power with an even lower centre of gravity, you get the feeling it can’t possibly get any better as a fun driver’s car!”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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