The second-generation Subaru BRZ sports coupe has been revealed overnight ahead of a potential Australian launch late next year.
Starting with the engine, Subaru will use a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer unit that is estimated to produce 174kW of power and 249Nm of torque. For context, that’s up 18kW/37Nm over the current manual car and a 23kW/44Nm improvement over automatic variants.
Buyers will still have the choice of six-speed manual or six-speed torque-converter automatic transmissions that send the drive to the rear wheels.
Subaru says models equipped with an automatic transmission gain a Sport mode that detects the driver's intension for sporty driving which causes the transmission to automatically select and hold an appropriate gear to make cornering feel more direct.
The BRZ's updated chassis delivers a 60 per increase in front lateral bending rigidity and a 50 per cent increase in torsional stiffness. The stiffer body contributes to improved steering response, more nimble handling and better traction in cornering.
Aluminium has been used for the roof, front guards and bonnet to compensate for the extra weight of the larger engine.
Dimensionally, the new BRZ measures in at 4265mm long, 1775mm wide and 1311mm high, with a 2576mm wheelbase. When compared to the outgoing car, that’s 25mm longer, 13mm lower and 6mm longer in wheelbase. The width is unchanged.
Design-wise, the BRZ gets a lower and wider hexagonal grille, side sill spoilers and air outlets behind the front guards. Models equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels feature Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.
From the driver’s seat, Subaru claims the horizontal style instrument panel and low hood provides a wider view, for more focus on driving.
Equipment highlights include a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, sport seats with firm side bolsters, and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology will be offered on automatic models and includes autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
At this stage, Subaru Australia is yet to confirm a launch date for the new BRZ, however, it’s expected to arrive locally late next year or early 2022.
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