New Subaru BRZ not coming to Europe

Published: 18 November 2020

New two-door BRZ arrives
► Twinned with Toyota GR 86
► Coming in late 2021, but not for Europe

Subaru has revealed its new BRZ sports car, which will go on sale in the latter half of 2021. More power and a new look inside and out are the main headlines.

Like Nissan’s next Z car, Subaru has already confirmed the new model will not come to Europe – instead, the new model is designed for the US and Japanese markets.

More power?

Yes, but not a great deal more. The engine is a new 2.4-litre naturally aspirated flat four, up from 2.0-litres, and uses Toyota’s D-4S fuel injection technology.

brz rear tracking

Power is rated at 228bhp and 184lb ft (up from 197bhp and 151lb ft), but a 0-62mph sprint and top speed aren’t confirmed yet. The new BRZ will be available with both a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

Is it still rear-wheel drive?

Absolutely, good for some low-speed slides as the BRZ always has been. Subaru claims it’s the lightest 2+2 sports car in the US market and that the chassis torsional stiffness has increased by 50 per cent.

What else is new?

Besides the look, which rounds off some of the original BRZ’s angles and includes revised air intakes and functional side vents in the front bumper and new light clusters front and back.

brz interior

There are some changes inside, too. The analogue dials have been replaced by a configurable digital instrument cluster, and the new eight-inch infotainment system includes Subaru’s Starlink connectivity features and EyeSight safety tech.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches