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.
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.