2020 Subaru BRZ Changes




What's new?

 
This is the special edition 2020 BRZ tS model.




Planet-exclusive BRZ Gallery of the BRZ Limited Model...click to enlarge



Overview:
You can order a 2020 Subaru BRZ now from Planet Subaru

The laws of economics dictate that low-volume models get updated less frequently than the top sellers (e.g. Forester and Outback).  Those volume products are usually all-new every five years, with a significant "refresh" in the fourth year. Re-engineering a vehicle can cost many millions of dollars, so the vehicles that Subaru sells in boutique quantities receive less frequent updates...Subaru annually sells over 600,000 vehicles in the United States and only a few thousand of them are BRZs. The quantities are so small relative to the development costs that it wouldn't even exist were it not for the partnership with Toyota selling a very similar vehicle as the Toyota 86 (formerly the Scion FR-S).

So we see modest changes on the 2020 BRZ. The North American automotive press is reporting a substantially-revised BRZ could arrive in 2021 as a 2022 model, but
Subaru has not announced when, or even if, we will see such a car.

If history is any guide, you can count on a special edition, offered in exclusive quantities (usually less than 1,000 units), to keep excitement high.  Here's a look down memory lane.  (Click on the hyperlinks for more info):
Don't hold your breath waiting for a convertible option, or a hybrid powerplant, or four-doors.  Planet Subaru "built" a composting BRZ but there is only one of those!  (Actually, there isn't even one.)  Subaru got us excited with a BRZ STi concept powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine, but alas, it was just a concept.  Read more about that car here

The Japanese press is reporting that the BRZ may one day receive a 2.4 liter engine that currently produces 260 horsepower with a turbocharger in the Ascent. That's a compact engine, so it should fit in the tight engine bay of the BRZ. That mill powers the two-and-a-quarter ton Ascent to 60mph in around seven seconds, so you can imagine how quickly it would move the BRZ, which tips the scales at less than 3,000 pounds. However, the BRZ was engineered as a balanced track car rather than a drag strip punisher, so we might see the 2.4 liter mill without the turbocharger. It is not clear whether the existing feather-light platform would accommodate a heavier, more powerful engine. Subaru Corporation has made no announcements confirming or denying the reports, so don't place an order quite yet. In the meantime, buy a current BRZ from Planet and trade it in if/whenever the new one arrives!


Lots more detail about the 2020 BRZ:

The Subaru BRZ, renowned for its ultra-low center of gravity and precision handling, is powered by a 205 hp, 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER engine, six-speed close-ratio manual transmission and TORSEN® limited-slip differential (optional automatic transmission model has 200 hp). The BRZ is designed with 2+2 seating and fold-down rear seatback to give the coupe everyday practicality and comfort. The 2020 Subaru BRZ is offered in two trim levels, Limited and tS, with a starting price of $28,845.

The list of standard features includes Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED headlights (low and high beam), rear vision camera, dual USB ports and power door locks, side mirrors and windows. The Limited is also equipped with LED fog lights.

The 2020 BRZ comes equipped with the SUBARU STARLINK™ 7-inch Multimedia Navigation system that includes a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen with intuitive, high quality maps powered by TomTom®. The system also offers voice activated controls and navigation, smartphone integration with Android™ Auto and Apple CarPlay™, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity with audio streaming and over-the-air updates through Wi-Fi. Also included in the list of features is SiriusXM® All-Access Radio, Traffic and Travel Link (subscriptions required).

Inside, black upholstery with contrasting red stitching is adorned throughout the cabin. Front seats on the Limited trim are upholstered with Alcantara® inserts and leather bolsters, and standard dual-mode heated front seats feature the BRZ logo embroidered in red on the seatbacks. The leather-wrapped steering wheel integrates control switches for audio, cruise control and Bluetooth.

The 2020 BRZ Limited with optional automatic transmission is priced at $29,945.

A Performance Package is available for the Limited trim with manual transmission. The brake system is upgraded to Brembo® four-piston calipers and rotors on the front and dual-piston calipers and rotors on the rear. SACHS® Performance shock absorbers are added to all four corners for improved ride and cornering stability. Also included in the package are unique 17 x 7.5-inch aluminum alloy wheels in dark gray finish. The BRZ Performance Package is well-priced at just $1,195.

2020 marks the return of the BRZ tS (tuned by STI) with a limited run of 300 units and priced at $31,495. The tS suspension upgrades include STI-tuned front and rear SACHS dampers and coil springs as well as an STI flexible V-brace in the engine compartment. Draw stiffeners are added to the chassis and sub-frame to improve steering response. The brake system is also upgraded to Brembo four-piston calipers and rotors on the front and dual-piston calipers and rotors on the rear.

The 2020 BRZ tS comes exclusively in a new Ceramic White exterior color and is paired with 18-inch wheels in matte-bronze finish wrapped in 215/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The BRZ tS offers customers a more understated appearance than before, featuring a low-profile rear spoiler.

The BRZ tS is adorned with the exclusive Cherry Blossom Red accent around the front grille and unique rear bumper cover. The official BRZ tS badge in chrome and red is displayed on the front grille and rear decklid. The exterior foldable mirrors, roof-mounted shark fin antenna and BRZ badging all have a black finish. The fog lights have been removed and replaced with black fog light insert covers.

The cabin features black leather and Alcantara® upholstery with contrasting red stitching and accents, including on the steering wheel, door and dash panels, knee pads, shifter and emergency brake boots and visor over the gauge cluster. The front seats have red leather bolsters and the seatbacks are embroidered with the tS logo. The center console has been updated to a cast black finish. The BRZ tS also comes standard with red front seat belts and a frameless interior rearview mirror.



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