2021 Subaru BRZ: Second-gen sports car firms for Australia

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Subaru's next-generation sports car twin, once again developed with Toyota, is expected to launch late next year. In the meantime, there's plenty of stock of the current car on the way.

The second-generation BRZ sports car hasn’t even been revealed yet, but Subaru Australia is already “excited about its future prospects”.

But there’s still plenty of life in the current model, with a Subaru spokesperson confirming “from an Australian perspective, we have plans for several more months of BRZ production”.

Details about the second-generation BRZ and Toyota 86 twins are scant at the moment, but a reveal late in 2021 is likely for the sports car twins.

The new BRZ and Toyota 86 twins are expected to feature a 2.4-litre boxer engine under the bonnet, which will pack a handy power boost over the 152kW and 212Nm on offer in the current car.

The engine is used in the seven-seat Ascent SUV sold in North America. It’s turbocharged at the moment, and pumps out 190kW and 376Nm.

However, rumours are circling that the BRZ and 86 will use naturally-aspirated version of the four-cylinder engine packing around 160kW and 240Nm. Six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic options are likely to feature.

The new BRZ is expected to maintain its compact dimensions, measuring up at 4250mm long, 1780mm wide and 1315mm tall. Japanese reports suggest the car will be built on an updated version of the platform underpinning the current car, with an all-new exterior and cabin.

First revealed in 2012, the BRZ and Toyota 86 are slow sellers in Australia – but that wasn’t always the case.

The Toyota 86 burst onto the scene with 2047 sales between April and December, while 2013 saw 6706 sales.

Demand for the Toyota tapered off from there, with 4257 sales in 2014, 3006 sales in 2015, and 2068 in 2016. A total of 188 have been sold to date in 2020, while Subaru has sold 173 examples of the BRZ.