End Of The Line For Subaru BRZ Sports Car
We’re sorry to see the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 sports cars going away after this year. Toyota just revealed its Toyota 86 Black Limited commemorating the end of production for the 86. Subaru is doing the same with its BRZ version revealing a new Final Edition for the German market only. Just 100 of them will be built then Subaru will call the BRZ done. Though it just seems like yesterday the BRZ first came out in 2012 along with the almost identical 86.
The BRZ Final Edition will have special features but no engine upgrades
The BRZ Final Edition will feature red brake calipers, stiffer Sachs dampers, and new 17-inch wheels. Final Editions come standard with a Crystal Black Silica finish or you can move up to the Blue Pearl for an extra $111.
Inside a blue and black interior of leather and Alcantara is highlighted with blue stitching found on the steering wheel, door panels, instrument panel, and gear shift. On the floor mats “BRZ” is embedded into them while special badging can be found sprinkled around the car.
The six-speed manual is still available
The powertrain is unaltered so the package is purely cosmetic. The stock engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. It’s backed up by a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. With the automatic, the horsepower is reduced to 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.
The Final Edition BRZ will only be sold in Germany and will be $44,000. While we are sad to see the BRZ go, we are happy to announce a successor will arrive sometime mid-2021 as a 2022 model year. Rumors have the engine as a turbocharged four-cylinder packing 255 hp.
To us, the BRZ has always had a slight edge over the Toyota 86
Developed as a partnership with Toyota and Subaru, the BRZ has always had a slight edge over the 86. It was always a little bit less expensive for basically the same car so the BRZ had that going for it. The interior was also a little bit more comfortable in the BRZ.
Interesting also is that the BRZ sold less than the 86, though both were niche cars for their respective manufacturers. Last year the 86 found 3,398 buyers while the BRZ sold only 2,334 units. That was always a bit unexplainable because Subaru sells between 20,000 to 30,000 WRX sedans a year. With the BRZ being far sportier one would think it would sell in similar numbers.
Though the yearly sales are relatively small the 86 and BRZ have been successful overall
Even though the numbers are relatively small having been on the market since 2012 means combined this was a successful model for the two Japanese companies. In all Toyota has sold over 75,000 86s and Subaru just under 40,000 BRZs.
The BRZ received a minor facelift in 2017. Other than that has remained the same throughout its 19-year run. As for the 86 it started out in the Toyota sub-brand Scion line before it was folded into Toyota in 2016.
We’re looking forward to seeing what the new 86 and BRZ will be like come 2021.