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Subaru’s second-gen BRZ sports coupe sold out relatively quickly in Australia, with the first allocation of 500 units spoken for well before the cars were ready to be delivered.
At the launch event for the 2022 BRZ, Subaru revealed that a second shipment is well on the way, with the number of cars in the second allocation yet to be revealed.
“The second allocation will be later in Q1,” said Subaru Australia’s managing director, Blair Read. “You can register your interest with a dealer or online for now, but we’re still working with the factory on the number of cars. They will arrive before the end of this year.”
The brand’s representatives alluded to the fact that the semiconductor shortage was only one of a myriad of issues the brand is facing when it comes to supply constraints, with COVID-related delays also plaguing the logistics network.
We think you’ll be lucky to get a car before the end of 2022, even if you register your interest right now, as Subaru’s representatives said there were well over 2000 people already registered.
The new BRZ arrives with a starting price just above that of the outgoing model, but with a significant hike in standard equipment, particularly on the six-speed automatic version.
The manual comes in at just a few hundred dollars over the outgoing car, now wearing a before-on-roads cost of $38,990, while the automatic has a more significant price hike to $42,790 ($2210 over the outgoing equivalent) but for the first time includes Subaru’s signature EyeSight stereo camera-based forward-facing safety suite, which includes auto emergency braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control capabilities.
Subaru said thus far the split had been roughly 60/40 in favour of the manual but did not have numbers on hand for what the split from the factory would be for the second allocation of cars.
The second allocation of deliveries is slated for the second half of 2022, so expect at least a six month delivery date if you’re already in the queue, or if you register your interest now.
Subaru’s performance catalogue will also be bolstered by the new-generation WRX, arriving in both sedan and wagon form before the end of Q1. It said it was “hard to say” how limited its initial allocation of each variant would be, as it was “still working with the factory” on the issue.
The WRX sedan and wagon pair will also use a version of the new-generation 2.4-litre boxer engine, but packing a turbocharger for outputs of 202kW/350Nm, paired to a new ‘performance CVT’, or a six-speed manual in the case of the former.
While both WRX variants were displayed to media in pre-production forms at the BRZ launch in indicative trims, expect full pricing and spec closer to the end of Q1.