When they see a Subaru BRZ, Perth based petrolheads are looking at the only two wheel drive roadster in the Subaru stable. Despite the lack of an all wheel drive system, the BRZ has amazing handling and grip thanks to some clever engineering. We believed that the BRZ and its sister car the Toyota 86 had been discontinued. The car industry was informed that there would be no second generation car produced. However, it seems that this news was premature, Subaru USA has confirmed that there will be a new Subaru BRZ, let’s see what we’ve learned so far.
Why the Confusion?
The Subaru USA spokesman claimed that there would be a second generation BRZ on the way in the next few years. This is at odds with a report from Japan’s Best Car publication. The spokesman said “We do not endorse this report coming from Japan’s Best Car,” he then said. “We are moving ahead with a next-generation Subaru BRZ,” and he concluded by saying “But have no further details at this time.” This statement from Subaru USA is more in line with a report from the Japan Times at the end of last year. So, it seems that a second generation BRZ is in development and the reports of its demise have been exaggerated.
What Do We Know So Far?
The Japan Times report on the next generation Subaru BRZ sports coupe didn’t have much in the way of solid information at this early stage. But there were some interesting details related to the engine and handling characteristics. The second generation BRZ may have a 2.4 litre engine, but there is no word on whether this would be a turbocharged or naturally aspirated power plant.
Last year, Tetsuya Tada the man responsible for the Toyota 86 that the BRZ is based upon, told a car industry journalist that the current platform would not support force induction. So, if the next generation BRZ were to receive a turbocharged engine, the platform underpinning the entire car would need to be revised.
Speaking about turbocharging, Tetsuya Tada later said “I do like turbos, however, if we come up with a turbo version of the 86 (BRZ) and boost up the power resulting in the necessity of changing the basic configuration completely” he added that this would be required “to come up with a car that I would be satisfied with”.
Balance and Turbocharging
Tetsuya Tada also had some interesting insights on handling, he said “One characteristic of the Toyota 86 is that in terms of the front balance its slightly front loaded” he then said “it makes the handling far more fast and agile” he went on to say “So if we were to come up with a turbo version, the team would have to go alter the weight balance between the front and the rear.”.
According to very early reports, the next generation BRZ will be released sometime in 2021. If you’re looking to buy Subaru BRZ cars, get in touch with City Subaru, and our team can arrange a no obligation test drive for you.