Production for the first-gen BRZ ended with July, with no word on its successor. Well, it’s October now and we might finally have some news. A teaser image released on social media announces the world premiere of the “all-new” sports car will take place this fall. It could mean the rear-wheel-drive coupe will debut in November.
The new BRZ was likely on the list of Los Angeles Auto Show debuts before the event was cancelled due to reasons we all know about. For the time being, however, we only have a single teaser image showing the wheel design and a bit of the camouflaged body (Talk about teasers). It appears the front brakes are cooled via the ventilated arches while those ten-spoke wheels seem to have been borrowed from the Toyota GR Yaris.
There have been contradicting reports whether the BRZ and it’s Toyota twin, the 86 will finally get turbocharging, but the latest intel suggests the two will stick to a naturally aspirated powertrain. The cars are allegedly getting the Subaru FA24 2.4liter flat-four engine with 217 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, which is a step up from the current 2.0liter unit producing 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque (or 151 lb-ft with the automatic gearbox).
It is speculated that the customers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual and a newly developed automatic, tailored specifically for these cars.
A while back, Toyota said its new 86 would be better to drive than the Supra, bold words really, which would mean the BRZ should offer a more engaging experience behind the wheel as well.
Toyota’s version of the front-engined rear-wheel-drive sports car was caught in traffic back in August with similar proportions combined with fully redesigned front and rear fascias. That camouflaged prototype looked like a refresh of the original bones rather than a completely new development, which would also apply to the BRZ. That being said, Subaru claims its next BRZ is “all-new,” so we’re getting mixed signals.