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Subaru BRZ

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A car produced by Subaru beginning with the 2013 model year.  Co-developed with Toyota, the Toyota versions are the Scion FR-S, Toyota 86, Toyota FT86, and Toyota GT86.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Toyota 86 page on 2 April 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The BRZ's name comes from three elements: Boxer engine, Rear-wheel drive, and Z standing for the zenith. The Subaru BRZ differs from the 86's design in the front fascia, with a different grille and headlight assembly, as well as a different front fender vent. The BRZ's grill is hexagonal in shape, compared to the Toyota's trapezoid. The BRZ features a wraparound of LED parking lights in the headlight assembly, while daytime running lights are integrated into the bumper. The suspension setup of the Subaru is different from the Toyota. Like the Japanese Toyota 86, Subaru offers an RA base model lacking most interior comforts and utilizing 16 inch steel wheels, with the only difference from the 86 RC being that the BRZ RA's bumpers are painted the same color as the body. Two main trim levels are offered: R trim, known as Premium in North America, and S trim, known as Limited in North America. European and Australian BRZs offer a Toyota stereo unit, while Japanese and North American vehicles use a Subaru unit. Australian BRZs were originally available for sale only online.

In 2013, Subaru unveiled a BRZ tS model for the Japanese market, tuned by STI. The tS model features an improved suspension setup, 18 inch silver BBS wheels, STI bodykit and front spoiler, a larger drive shaft, and Brembo brakes, along with interior changes to include a new steering wheel, front seat, gauges, and Alcantara accents. A further tS GT Package includes Recaro seats, black BBS wheels, and an adjustable carbon fibre rear wing. The tS is limited to 500 units in total, with a maximum of 250 of them being the GT package. In 2015, a similar release of 300 units was sold again only in Japan.

In 2014, as part of running changes consistent with those of the MY15 Toyota 86 GTS, the Subaru BRZ also featured a new key fob and two new colours, including ‘WR Blue Pearl’ metallic finish. In addition, Subaru also launched special editions both for the United States and Australia markets. For the former, one thousand BRZ Series. Blue editions were marketed at additional cost, half painted in Blue Pearl and the other half in Crystal Pearl White. This model featured STI body kit parts, 17-inch STI black alloy wheels and red brake calipers. For Australia, Subaru launched a similar variant known as the Special Edition, also at additional cost. It featured stripes across the bonnet, boot and roof; 17-inch STI black alloy wheels; STI boot spoiler plus front, side and rear-side under spoilers; a rear diffuser and a push-button starter switch. It was available in every existing BRZ paint hue.

In 2015, Subaru released the limited edition Hyper Blue range across its WRX, WRX STI and BRZ models. In Australia, the BRZ was limited to 50 units with manual transmission only. This limited edition is characterised by the said blue paint and a host of other cosmetic upgrades.

In February 2018, Subaru of America released a limited edition SOA 50th Anniversary edition BRZ based on the Limited trim level featuring Heritage Blue exterior color, satin chrome exterior trim and badging; and SOA 50th anniversary emblem. The interior features black upholstery with contrasting silver stitching; silver seatbelts; and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. Only 250 were made.


Multimedia

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
31 August 2013Subaru BRZ review
Matt Hubbard for Speedmonkey

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2 September 2013Subaru BRZ Walkaround and tour
Matt Hubbard for Speedmonkey

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Photographs

Subaru BRZ Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
This photograph shows what I like about "car guys."  This car was parked at a model car show trunk sale, but being a car that just came on the market all the guys seemed to ignore the merchandise in the trunk and all the action was up front under the hood, drawing quite a crowd.
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Subaru BRZ 2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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Subaru BR-Z Model Car Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 GTR Summer NNL
View photo of Subaru BR-Z Model Car - 2.7MB
Subaru BR-Z Model Car Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 GTR Summer NNL
View photo of Subaru BR-Z Model Car - 2.8MB
Subaru BR-Z Model Car Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 GTR Summer NNL
View photo of Subaru BR-Z Model Car - 3.0MB


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
31 July 2013Rejoice - Subaru are shipping more BR-Zs to the UK Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
19 August 2013More Subaru BRZ But Will We Get The New WRX? Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
1 September 2013Why is the Subaru BRZ such a damn fine sports car? Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
2 September 2013Subaru BRZ first impressions and gallery Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
2 September 2013Was the Subaru BRZ design influenced by the Maserati GranTurismo? Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
10 September 2013Here's a bunch of Subaru BRZ videos I filmed Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
13 September 20132013 Subaru BRZ review Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
24 September 2013Vauxhall Astra VXR vs Subaru BRZ - shoot out Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
12 December 2013Subaru Offer A Winter Bargain Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
3 September 2014Subaru Has Just Dropped The Price Of The BRZ Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
12 September 2014Another special edition 2015 Subaru BRZ hits the market but no BRZ STI Denis Flierl
13 February 2015Subaru teases BRZ STI you will never see in production Denis Flierl
3 December 2015New at Summit Racing Equipment: Edelbrock E-Force Superchargers for Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZSummit Racing Equipment


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