Subaru has confirmed exactly when it will reveal the second-generation BRZ sports car, and in even better news for fans of the Toyota 86 coupe twin, its debut is only weeks away.
Set to be revealed at 1.00am on November 19 (AEDT), the new BRZ has been teased by Subaru yet again, this time in the form of a teaser image and 41-second video.
The former shows a clear view of the BRZ’s headlights (with C-shaped LED daytime running lights), bonnet and side mirrors as well as a glimpse of the top of its front bumper.
Meanwhile, the latter offers mainly distant footage the BRZ navigating a mountain pass, but it can be heard under hard acceleration, with the sound produced the subject of much debate.
As reported, the jury is still out on whether the BRZ’s expected new 2.4-litre boxer four-cylinder petrol engine will be naturally aspirated – like the first-generation model – or turbocharged. Either way, outputs of at least 162kW/240Nm are heavily rumoured.
For reference, the BRZ’s current 2.0-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder engine – also sourced from Subaru – develops up to 152kW/212Nm, so the second-generation model is likely to be more potent no matter which way it goes.
As with the first generation, the new BRZ will be rear-wheel drive, and it will reportedly come with the option of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed torque-converter automatic.
While more recent reports suggested the new BRZ will use an updated version of its predecessor’s platform, previous rumours claimed Subaru’s SGP or Toyota’s TNGA architecture will be used instead, so what will underpin it is still anybody’s guess.
“Get ready for more thrills, more rear-wheel-drive fun, more of everything serious drivers love about the BRZ. The all-new 2022 BRZ is completely redesigned to deliver pure sports-car exhilaration, and it's almost here,” Subaru said in a statement released alongside the fresh teasers.
As reported, CarsGuide understands the BRZ will enter Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of next year, with the 86 likely to be revealed and go on sale around the same time.
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.