Just like partner Toyota, Subaru Australia will offer a special 10th anniversary edition BRZ to commemorate the sporty rear-drive coupe’s first decade.
On a side note, I feel old writing that.
UPDATE 02/08/22, 10:29am – We ran this story on July 26, but Subaru Australia has since added some quotes which we’ve added.
While details and even arrival timing are being kept under wraps – beyond Subaru Australia confirming it would come – it’s expected the local-market BRZ special edition will be much like the Japanese version revealed this week.
If you were hoping for mechanical enhancements, you’re outta luck, because that car sticks to design changes.
In Japan, the BRZ 10th anniversary model gets 18-inch matte black aluminium wheels, black emblems and mirror covers, blue interior stitching, darker metallic decorations, and blue-black Ultrasuede seats. Oh, and stickers…
Just 200 will be made in Japan, suggesting the Australian version will be strictly limited in scope. Another allocation of regular BRZs is due here in the third quarter of 2022, so perhaps the 10th Anniversary will lob somewhat concurrently.
Subaru Australia Managing Director, Blair Read, said: “It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since the first BRZ launched in Australia.
“Bursting on the scene in 2012, Subaru BRZ offered, and continues to offer, an attainable rear-wheel drive pure sports car that delivers truly engaging handling and a fun drive.
“Due to these renowned credentials, it has created a loyal following amongst owners and enthusiasts, so we are thrilled to confirm the 10th Anniversary Special Edition ‘S’ BRZ is bound for Australia to celebrate this iconic car.”
As we reported earlier this week, a conceptually similar – but orange-themed – Toyota GR86 10th Anniversary Edition will arrive locally in late 2022, limited to just 86 examples.
The new BRZ/86 remain rear-wheel drive and powered by a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine. It grew from 2.0- to 2.4 litres between the first and second generations though, and power and torque figures climbed 22kW and 37Nm.
Want to see the old and new models compared? Our resident racing driver – former Subaru WRC driver Chris Atkinson – wrote this piece for us below.