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Happy days: the new Subaru BRZ is a 228bhp RWD coupe

But, alas, there are no signs of it coming to the UK...

Published: 18 Nov 2020
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Let’s start with the bad news. No, the new Subaru BRZ is probably not coming to the UK. And that’s a shame because a) the old one was tremendous and b) this new one looks ace, no? 

The headlines are thus: it’s a similar size (a bit longer and lower, with a slightly longer wheelbase) and so has the same proportions as the excellent first-gen car, but has a more powerful engine, more rigid chassis and better interior.

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That new engine is a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated ‘Boxer’ four-cylinder with 228bhp and 184lb ft of torque – 31bhp and 28lb ft more than the old 2.0-litre. It revs to 7,500rpm and drives the rear wheels only through a six-speed manual gearbox and LSD. Good. A six-speed automatic with wheel-mounted paddles and a new ‘Sport’ mode is also available. We’re told the new stability control system has FIVE settings. Long as one of them is ‘OFF’ we’re happy.

The BRZ sits on a “bespoke chassis” that promises near-perfect weight distribution and vastly improved rigidity. It will be shared with Toyota’s much anticipated GT86 replacement.

Looks smarter, too. Especially inside, where you get a seven-inch screen instead of normal dials, an eight-inch touchscreen with CarPlay and a more modern layout.

Far more GT86s were sold in Britain than BRZs, so everyone cross your fingers we aren’t cruelly denied Toyota's little coupe too.

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For all the Americans out there, you'll be able to buy a new BRZ for a no doubt annoyingly low price next autumn. 

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