There’s around 20 per cent more power, a much stiffer chassis to improve cornering and better steering feedback. That’s enough to bait existing BRZ owners into showrooms while tempting prospective sports car owners to take a close look.
The caveat here is the original Australian allocation of 500 were sold before the first car had landed, and Subaru doesn’t expect another tranche until the second half of 2022, though it will take orders ahead of that.
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How much does the Subaru BRZ cost?
Prices for the Subaru BRZ start at $38,990 before on-road costs for the base version Coupe with a six-speed manual gearbox, rising to $40,190 for the higher-specified Coupe S.
According to the Subaru Australia website, that equates to $42,699 and $43,949 respectively for buyers in the Melbourne metro area.
Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen housing features such as digital radio, satellite navigation and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity.
LED headlamps are standard across the range, along with dual-zone airconditioning, keyless entry, and push-button start.
Opting for the six-speed automatic transmission in either version adds a hefty $3800. That’s well over the price difference between the two transmissions in the US and UK.
Subaru says around 80 per cent of initial buyers opted for the Coupe S, given the price increase over the coupe is fairly minimal.
The warranty runs for five years and servicing costs over that period are set at $2390 for the manual and $2474 for the auto. The price increase for the latter is due to the auto’s transmission fluid being replaced at the four-year/60,000km mark.
How safe is the Subaru BRZ?
ANCAP has yet to test the little Subaru but the manual version won’t qualify for a five-star rating because it doesn’t have autonomous emergency braking or a lane departure warning. Those features account for 10 of the 16-points in ANCAP’s “safety assist” criteria.
BRZs fitted with an auto do, courtesy of the dual-camera “EyeSight” system mounted at the top of the windscreen, that also endows the self-shifting versions with adaptive cruise control.
Assuming the structural rigidity withstands the physical crash tests (and Subaru prides itself on building five-star bodies), the auto is likely to be awarded a five-star rating.
All versions have blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, along with seven airbags.
What's it like inside the Subaru BRZ?
One of the criticisms of the original BRZ was its interior was too bland. Subaru has addressed that with a much more upmarket cockpit this time around. An 8.0-inch touchscreen, while not huge by modern car standards, looks good, as do the plastics on the facia and top of the doors.
There’s the obligatory alloy pedals and contrast stitching to reinforce the fact this is a sports car, along with well-bolstered bucket seats.
Those seats are the easiest way to differentiate the Coupe from the Coupe S, with the latter ditching the cloth upholstery for suede and a mix of real and faux leather on the bolsters. They’re also heated and have a fat red stripe running down the backrest and cushion.
The rear seats are there for looks - the average adult wouldn't want to squeeze into the back seat for much longer than a run down to the corner shop. There’s just not enough leg room.