Badgeless Subaru BRZ Prototype With Aero Updates Spotted At The ‘Ring

Only days ago, Subaru announced the tiniest of updates for its BRZ sports car in Japan, which consist of a set of revised dampers and new wheel arch fins behind the rear wheels.

While we’re used to Subaru updating the BRZ at an agonizingly slow pace without ever touching the engine compartment, we were intrigued by the sight of a prototype at the Nürburgring: just what is Subaru doing there with the BRZ?

We don’t know exactl,y but what we do know is the mystery white prototype features two barely noticeable changes to the bodywork. More specifically, the coupe sports big vertical air vents between the front wheels and the door edges, as well as two smaller outlets cut on each side of the rear bumper.

It’s possible that Subaru is preparing some aero updates to the BRZ aimed at making the car more “slippery” by reducing turbulence inside the wheel wells. Turbulence, also known as “dirty air,” creates drag and slows the car down. That’s where the vents come in handy, as they help suck the dirty air from the well and integrate it into the airflow around the car.

A more aerodynamic BRZ means improved efficiency and performance, although we should not expect miracles in any of that areas. Just as we don’t expect Subaru or Toyota to give their sports cars more power, at least not until the next-generation BRZ and 86 arrive.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
  • Honda NSX-R

    Before you people comment, read the last sentence of this article.

    • Bob

      But complaining about the 86 is so fulfilling.

      • Bo Hanan

        It’s who we are and what we do…
        I say we kick Honda NSX-R’s “high-n-mighty ass.”

      • Six_Tymes

        oh bob, admit it, you complain about everything… lol

        • Bob

          Someone has to carry the burden my friend.

    • SteersUright

      But this isn’t news about the new model, its news about updates applicable to the current model. Before you tell people what to do, read the entire article yourself.

      • Honda NSX-R

        I was referring to people that keep complaining about the lack of power

  • Leconte Dave

    I think it’s the next generation

  • SteersUright

    Who cares about 1 more mpg in an already efficient “sports” car? Who cares about reduced turbulence in a “sports” car that can barely get out of its own way? Why could we not expect more power to be offered in a “sports” car universally panned for being grossly underpowered and not very exciting as such? That said, I test drove the new Miata and it felt eons faster and more thrilling than this car.

  • Bo Hanan

    Badgeless is to prevent embarrassment to Toyobaru when the car gets its ass kicked sideways on the Ring.

  • Mr. EP9

    No one cares. It’s boring.

  • Six_Tymes that detail is awful design. its cheap, and complicated looking. I would never buy this. the previous design on the lower front spoiler was so much better.

  • ErnieB

    Soooo.. when is that Supra coming out? Oh.. forgot too embarrassing for toyota..

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