Subaru out testing the new BRZ

Subaru is out testing the new BRZ

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Words: NZ Autocar
14 Aug 2020

The prototype of a Subaru sports car looking like an evolved BRZ has been seen out testing, giving a good indication of its eventual styling ahead of an expected unveil as early as Q2 of next year.

We reported recently that, after an eight-year run, BRZ production had just finished in Japan but clearly the company has been working on a more substantial replacement. This one evidently uses the TNGA architecture underpinning Corolla (amongst others) instead of a Subaru platform. Said platform is versatile and can evidently be configured for a front engine/rear drive layout.

The new vehicle, which will also have a Toyota doppelganger dubbed GR86, will be powered by a 188kW version of 2.4 turbopetrol boxer four used in the Subaru Ascent. That will see it offering a 40kW increase in power and a substantial hike in torque with 376Nm available from 2000-4800rpm. Subaru and Toyota seem to be targeting bigger fish than with their new twins.

The spy shots show a familiar silhouette with a minor increase in physical dimensions but the front grille is much bigger, presumably to enhance air flow for the turbo’d engine, while new light signatures help to differentiate the new, larger model.

Expect a lift in interior space and an improvement in component quality, along with a more advanced infotainment system.

Toyota and Subaru recently reaffirmed their commitment to work together on certain projects, and in this case the cost sharing of designing and building a sports car makes it a more viable proposition.

The two companies are also said to be working together on a new electric vehicle architecture, with the aim of producing a zero-emissions SUV with Subaru-derived four-wheel drive technology and a Toyota powertrain.

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