Enhanced Subaru BRZ teased ahead of July 23 debut – New performance package?

Subaru America has just announced that it will be introducing a “sharper” and “more focused” Subaru BRZ. The said BRZ will be making its debut on July 23 this year at Subiefest California, a Subaru enthusiast festival organised by the company itself.

However, it is unsure if this “sharper” and “more focused” BRZ will be a special edition model, an optional package, or a whole new permanent variant. What’s known is that the teaser shows the “BRZ” wording stamped into the headlights is now coloured in red.

Prior to this, the BRZ’s Toyota twin – the GR86 received the Upgraded Performance Package which comes with ZF Sachs Dampers and Brembo brakes with red four-piston front callipers and two-piston rear callipers. Available for the US and Canadian markets only, this package was included as standard with the limited edition Toyota GR86 Trueno Edition. Will the Subaru BRZ receive something similar to this? We will just have to wait and see.

Powering the current Subaru BRZ is a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated boxer engine that produces a total of 237 hp and 250 Nm. The mill is paired to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, sending power to the rear wheels only.

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Sprinting from 0-100 km/h takes 6.8 seconds with the BRZ. As for its top speed, the 6-speed automatic variant allows you to travel up to 216 km/h, while the manual variant can go 10 km/h faster, at 226 km/h. However, safety should always be a priority, therefore we would advise everyone to drive safely.

In the safety department, both the manual and automatic variants come with seven airbags, hill start assist (HSA), blind spot monitor (BSM), and rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA). As for the Subaru EyeSight ADAS suite, you will have to opt for the automatic variant.

The safety suite comes with active cruise control (ACC), front vehicle departure alert, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) for both front and rear, as well as false start suppression control. Speaking of the Subaru EyeSight, Subaru Japan announced last month that it will make its EyeSight ADAS suite available for its manual transmission models, starting with the BRZ this fall.

Closer to home, the Subaru BRZ is up for grabs from RM229,245 (on-the-road, without insurance) onwards for the manual variant. The automatic variant, on the other hand, is available from RM239,245 onwards.

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