Subaru BRZ Apparently Dead for 2021, Will Rise Again Like a Phoenix
Speculation has always been a big part of the auto-journo gig, and today we’re a wheelchair quarterback for the future of the current Subaru BRZ. If you check out Subaru’s Japanese website at this link, translate the page from Japanese to English (unless you are fluent in the language, in which case, good for you), and scroll down to with the disturbing message which bursts in big red. letters: “We have closed the make-to-order production order for the models listed.”
Even though this translation is a bit wobbly, it looks like Subaru of Japan will no longer be taking orders for the BRZs, a sign that the company has officially put the brakes on BRZ production. When we asked for comment, a spokesperson for Subaru simply said they “cannot comment on BRZ at this time.”
While this isn’t an outright confirmation, we think if the BRZ were to stick around for another model year, Subaru would have simply said it wasn’t going anywhere. Put it all together and things don’t look good for the BRZ. So while Subaru is keeping its lips tight on whether or not its only coupe will hit 2021, we think it’s safe to assume that today’s BRZ will soon be phased out of the model line-up. Surprising? Not exactly – the BRZ has been on the market for over eight years now (production started in early 2012, if you can believe it), and a replacement from scratch is long overdue.
Speaking of which, there is good news on the horizon. We’ve talked a lot about the successors to the BRZ and its Toyota 86 twin, which will finally have a spicier turbocharged engine under their hood (!), And we expect them to debut in mid-2021. That means that the new ToyoBaru twins will be marketed by the end of next year as 2022 model year cars, to fill that BRZ-shaped hole in your affordable sports car world. We’re sad to see the current model go, but we’re also excited to see what the next BRZ will bring.
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