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2022 Subaru BRZ leaked! New Toyota 86 twin accidentally gets early mark ahead of official reveal later this year

Less than a day after it was teased, the new BRZ has been leaked. (Image credit: GR86.org)

The second-generation Subaru BRZ sports car has been leaked less than a day after it was teased for the first time ahead of its big reveal by the end of this year.

Several images of the new BRZ were published on GR86.org, having been taken at last weekend’s 2020 Subiefest World Record Attempt and Charity Drive in Costa Mesa, California, where attendees were given a sneak peak of the next-generation Toyota 86 twin.

However, just like the heavily cropped teaser image Subaru USA released yesterday, the fresh BRZ shown in these images is covered in blue-and-white camouflage. In fact, it’s even shrouded in a thin, black cloth.

That said, the new BRZ’s side profile is not only clearly visible, but also instantly familiar, as it’s not all that different to that of the first-generation model.

Either way, key highlights include the integrated ducktail bootlid spoiler, wrap-around tail-lights, multi-spoke alloy wheels, large air intakes behind the front wheelarches and Porsche Cayman-esque front end.

The fresh BRZ has a Porsche Cayman-esque front end. (Image credit: GR86.org) The fresh BRZ has a Porsche Cayman-esque front end. (Image credit: GR86.org)

As reported, the fresh BRZ’s official debut will take place by the end of 2020, specifically during the Northern Hemisphere’s Fall (Autumn), before it enters Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of next year. The 86’s timing is expected to be similar.

According to Instagram user stinicktuned who also attended the new BRZ’s sneak peak, its engine has been confirmed, with it to be motivated by a 162kW/240Nm 2.4-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder petrol unit supplied by Subaru.

This claim is consistent with previous international reports, although others have suggested the fresh BRZ will get a turbocharged version of that engine with even more power and torque. So, once again, time will tell.

Nonetheless, the new BRZ will be stepping up from its predecessor’s 2.0-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder petrol unit – also sourced from Subaru – which develops up to 152kW/212Nm.

As with the first generation, the fresh BRZ and 86 are expected to be rear-wheel drive and will reportedly come with the option of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed torque-converter automatic.

While more recent rumours suggested the new BRZ and 86 will use an updated version of their predecessors’ platform, it previously claimed Subaru’s SGP or Toyota’s TNGA architecture will be used instead, so what will underpin the pair is still anybody’s guess.

In August, a camouflaged 86 developmental mule was spied testing on public roads for the first time in Michigan, near Toyota’s North American research and development (R&D) centre, while Subaru announced the end of first-generation BRZ production in July.

For reference, the BRZ is currently priced from $35,270 to $43,190 plus on-road costs locally, while the 86 checks in between $32,180 and $39,680. Both models are expected to get more expensive when they enter their second generation.