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Cheap thrills! 2022 Subaru BRZ set to be CHEAPER than outgoing model?

The Subaru BRZ's international price list has dropped.

The Subaru BRZ could be cheaper than the model it replaces in Australia, if the Toyota GR 86's international price lists are any guide.

The BRZ's pricing was announced in the USA overnight, and it's good news for buyers of the two-seat sports car based in the States, with a new and slightly stripped-back model presenting a new cut-price entry point to the range.

In the USA, that model is called the BRZ Premium, and it lists at just $27,995 ($37,933) plus destination charges for the manual, or $29,595 ($40,101) for the automatic.

While you do miss some niceties, the new BRZ still packs the power boost of the new model, with its 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering a punchy 170kW and 249Nm to the rear wheels, a significant boost from the old car's 152kW and 212Nm.

You also get a Torsen limited-slip diff, track-mode-enabled stability control, 17-inch alloys, Led headlights and a 8.0-inch central screen.

Australia offers a stripped-back model of the current base-model car, with prices starting at $38,520 for the manual, and $40,580 for the automatic, but we expect the new Premium model to closer match Australia's Premium, which is $40,080 and $42,140 respectively.

So while we're not talking massive savings, if we can use the USA price list as a guide then should mean Aussie shoppers can unlock the power and tech improvements made to the new model for no extra spend, and possibly even less money.

In the USA, the numbers then climb to $31,455 ($42,601) and $33,255 ($45,039) respectively for the BRZ Limited, which adds 18-inch alloys, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber, and a better active safety offering. That, too, is cheaper than our top-spec model, the TS, which lists at $44,620 and $46,680.

Subaru in Australia is planning on launching the new BRZ in Q4 this year, with an registration page already live on the company's local site. Official pricing and specification will be revealed closer to that date.

The brand is already essentially sold out of the current BRZ, having been running through the final 50 examples this year.