2021 BRZ: Subaru Appears To Be Working On One Last Facelift

We managed to spot Subaru’s mystery BRZ prototype pounding on the track again. It’s the same camo’d car as before, so there’s nothing new to share about its appearance, though we did learn that it sounded pretty much the same as the current model. [Updated 11/3/2019]

Toyota and Subaru recently confirmed plans for a second-generation 86 and BRZ, but they could be preparing one final facelift for the current models as evidenced by these pictures of a BRZ-badged model.

Spotted on the Nürburgring, the prototype has a more aggressive front bumper with a larger central air intake that is flanked by vertical openings. The car has also been equipped with new front fender vents that reside behind the wheels.

The rear end appears to carryover, but a closer inspection reveals color-matching camouflage on the trunk and taillights. This suggests the components will updated, but the changes will likely be minor.

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While the pictures only provide a glimpse of the cabin, there could be a handful of interior updates. Like the 2020 Toyota 86, the BRZ could gain a new infotainment system with a more modern design.

One that won’t change is the BRZ’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. Fans have been begging for more power, but it should continue to be rated at 205 hp (153 kW / 208 PS) and 156 lb-ft (211 Nm) of torque when connected to a six-speed manual transmission. We can also expect a familiar six-speed automatic with a slightly lower engine output of 200 hp (149 kW / 203 PS) and 151 lb-ft (204 Nm) of torque.

There’s no word on when the facelifted BRZ will be introduced, but the 2020 model will go on sale in the United States this fall. As a result, the updated car could arrive a year from now as a 2021 model.

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Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien & CarPix for Carscoops

  • PhilMcGraw

    Most likely will be a “final edition” version of the car before the new version arrives. Although I would peg the reveal of the 2nd gen to happen at some point next year.

  • Bob

    The headlights are from the 86… could this be a facelift 86 and not a BRZ? The new front bumper also looks more Toyota then Subaru. Not saying both aren’t working on a facelift…

    • Zazzspeed

      Looks like an 86 to me as well.

      • Bob

        Some have pointed out the BRZ badge at back… Eitherway looks like they are both working on an update

  • Bo Hanan

    When all the engineering changes consist of cosmetics why take it to the track???

    • Six_Tymes

      they need to see if the new tack on badges fall off while going fast.

      i kid i kid…

    • Mill0048

      Maybe cooling? Or testing some next gen components? Makes you wonder…

  • Six_Tymes

    I cant help but wonder, will the replacement/s be better? or will some people, myself included regret not buying the last best.

    • SteersUright

      plenty of used ones for rather cheap out there. I often think of snagging one to enjoy on for affordable track days.

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  • BarryFastCars

    It would not be impossible for Subaru to sneak the NA FA24 under the hood before this generation bows out. It could reignite the passion for the model and cause more excitement for the next generation. A 15-20% increase in power and torque would make this car quite compelling.

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  • Harry_Wild

    Should have additional 60 more hp and have more low end torque too! Sad! Same engine for another 2 more years! Ugh!

  • Six_Tymes

    I’ll never understand why they didn’t bore/stroke it, punch it out to 2.2 liter would help. much like Honda did at one point with the S2000 years ago

  • ksegg

    Jesus Christ this car still hasn’t been fully redesigned yet? They pulling a 370Z and keeping it the exact same for 20 years?

  • Eythan Aldrich

    *Tokyo Motor Show

  • paulgdeaton

    Unless I overslept a l-o-n-g time, October 2017 was not 3 years ago…

  • SteersUright

    I may not be a fan of this underpowered and homely looking sports car but, Im absolutely a huge fan of Subaru and Toyota for making it and even more so, for constantly updating it. Hopefully the next round produces the real sports car this one always should’ve been. And yes, I know they are rather great for what they are, they truly are. Just not my cup of tea.

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