Subaru ends production of BRZ sports car

Eight-year-old coupe and its Toyota sibling bow out to make way for 252bhp successor

Subaru has announced that it is no longer taking orders for its BRZ sports coupé, more than eight years after production began. 

A message on the manufacturer’s Japanese website reads: “We have finished accepting orders for build-to-order manufacturing of the models listed. Orders can only be accepted from stock at retailers.” This means that the model can only be bought new while stocks last at dealerships, and buyers will not be able to specially configure their car. 

The announcement is expected to mean that the identical Toyota GT86, which is built on the same production line at Subaru’s Gunma factory in Japan, has also ceased production. It remains available to order, however, on the firm’s Japanese website. 

A replacement for the two models is due to be unveiled next year in line with the two firms extending their development partnership, and is set to pack 252bhp from a 2.4-litre turbocharged flat-four engine used by Subaru in the US market.

Toyota will sell the new sports car alongside the GR Supra as the GR86, while the name of the Subaru version – which can be expected to launch simultaneously – is not yet known. 

The duo will sit atop an all-new platform, replacing the Subaru-developed underpinnings of the BRZ and GT86. Sources suggest Toyota’s TNGA architecture will be used, as it can be adapted to suit a rear-wheel-drive powertrain, unlike Subaru’s current hardware. 

As well as a significant styling refresh, the two firms are likely to address criticism of the current cars’ cabins with a substantial overhaul of the interior. Upgrades for the infotainment system and materials used can be expected, while it’s possible the rear legroom will be extended to improve practicality. 

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