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2021 Subaru BRZ Review - Price, Specifications, Features and Rivals Comparison

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S. Garg

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November 20, 2020 at 03:46 AM

In September 2019, both Subaru and Toyota announced that they were collaborating yet again to come up with the next generation of their BRZ and 86 model coupes. This time around, expect these two-doors to be powered by a Subaru FA24 2.4-liter Boxer-4 engine. The 2020 Subaru BRZ starts at a slightly jumped up MSRP of $29,500, as this is the first time Subaru is giving the BRZ some major updates. Let's dive in and find out what those updates are.

2021 Subaru BRZ Latest Updates


In a world of affordable sports coupes, the name Subaru BRZ holds special importance for a lot of people. It may not be the hardest accelerating two-door out there, yet there is no denying that it is one of the most agile and easy to handle cars that ever came out of the far East. When Subaru introduced the BRZ coupe back in 2013 with performance-focused features like a limited-slip rear differential, multi-mode stability control, ABS, and EBD, it took the world of sports cars by a storm.


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Since then, it has continued more or less unchanged with the most notable upgrade coming as part of the 2017 model year. That year also marked the debut of the Toyota 86 coupe which replaced the Scion FR-S. But the 2021 Subaru BRZ is here to turn things around completely for this barely $30,000 two-door coupe. The 2021 model year will initiate the second generation of Subaru BRZ. It goes up against the Nissan 370Z, and also its sibling, the Toyota 86.

What to expect from the 2021 Subaru BRZ on the engine and transmission front?

Since this overhaul is a long time beckoning, there should certainly be a handful of changes on the 2021 Subaru BRZ. Of them, the most important is the powertrain. Several reports have claimed that this time the 2.0-liter Boxer-4 of the Subaru BRZ will be replaced by a turbocharged 2.4-liter Subaru Boxer-4. It could very well be the same engine which is optional on Subaru’s Outback SUV. As far as the 2020 Subaru BRZ is concerned, it derives power from a 2.0-liter Boxer-4 engine making 205 hp and 156 lb-ft torque which in hindsight is a bit less for a sports car.

Transmission duties are taken care of by a 6-speed manual gearbox. There's also a six-speed automatic unit on offer but that reduces power and torque outputs to 200 hp and 151 lb-ft torque. The ongoing 2.0-liter flat-four engine of the 2020 Subaru BRZ is not particularly exhilarating. Its response is sudden and uninterrupted as there is no dependency on any kind of turbochargers but the new 2.4-liter turbocharged motor should make things a notch or two faster.

Models

2021 Subaru BRZ

2020 Toyota 86

2020 Nissan 370Z

MSRP

$29,500

$29,910

$30,090

Engine

2.0L Boxer-4

2.0L Boxer-4

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-Speed shiftable automatic

6-Speed shiftable automatic

6-Speed Manual

Power

205 hp @ 7,000 RPM

200 hp @ 7,000 RPM

332 hp @ 7,000 RPM

Torque

156 lb-ft @ 6,400 RPM

151 lb-ft @ 6,400 RPM

270 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

0-60 MPH 

6.3 s

6.4 s

5.0 s

Quarter Mile 

14.7 s

14.8 s

13.6 s

Top Speed 

143 MPH

140

155 MPH

Since Toyota developed its 86 coupe jointly with Subaru BRZ, it also gets the same engine making the same power and torque figures. So, it is only natural to expect that even the 2021 Toyota 86 will get the same 2.4-liter Boxer-4. To make the 2021 Subaru BRZ perform even better, the marque automakers might also equip this two-door coupe with a new automatic transmission tuned for enhancing the sportiness of the vehicle. The other six-speed manual gearbox will most probably continue to be delivered as optional. Also, both 86 and BRZ will ride on Toyota’s TNGA platform, keeping alive their rear-wheel-drive configuration.


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What changes should you expect in the exterior design of the 2021 Subaru BRZ?

According to reports, Subaru sells close to 700,000 vehicles in the United States of America, annually. Of them, the number of BRZs sold by Subaru doesn’t amount to a lot. It is a result of this Subaru has always refrained from giving this two-door frequent updates. The last update took place in 2017. So, the 2021 model year will be the much-awaited successor of the Subaru BRZ introduced in 2013. Recent reports suggest that the major portion of the previous generation Subaru BRZ will be carried forward for in 2021, albeit a few revised trim pieces.

In the sightings of the prototype BRZ being tested at Nurburgring, one can see the subtle changes in the exterior design of the 2021 Subaru BRZ as compared to the 2020 Subaru BRZ. The front fascia gets new air intakes, while the tail is complete with a redesigned trunk lid and tweaked taillights, that's it. Overall, inside sources suggest that the 2021 Subaru BRZ will pack an evolutionary look.

Models

2021 Subaru BRZ

2020 Toyota 86

2020 Nissan 370Z

Length (in)

166.7 166.7 167.5

Width (in)

69.9 69.9 72.6

Height (in)

52.0 52.0 51.8

Ground clearance (in)

4.9 4.9 4.0

Wheelbase (in)

101.2 101.2 100.4

Curb weight (lbs)

2840 2835 3333

Both the Toyota 86 and BRZ are on the same page in terms of dimensions. Both of them are smaller to the 370Z when it comes to outright length and hence they pack in lesser cabin space when compared to the Nissan. Further, Nissan 370Z has a wheelbase of just 100.4-inches, which makes controlling the car that much easier around town.

Are the interior of the 2021 Subaru BRZ, a nice place to be in?

Nothing much is known about the updates that will accompany the interior of the 2021 Subaru BRZ as of yet. But we do expect a sort of fine-tuned styling cues on the inside, mainly when it comes to the materials used and their premium nature. The spy shots and renderings that have been doing the rounds, give us a sort of vivid all-round picture of the cabin space. Both these cars, the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86 were not meant to carry their owners in the lap of luxury and thus provide just about enough space for 2 adults in the front, with the rear seats being of no use whatsoever. The same spacing is set to be carried forward as well.

Contrary to the popular reports that were published before, the Subaru BRZ fails to step into that premium coupe territory that it was trying to get into for so long. The next-gen facelift is not so far-fetched as much as it was made to seem. Entertainment-wise Subaru has got you covered, with upgraded infotainment and connectivity capabilities. Although further advancement in this field won't hurt anyone, certainly not when it comes to the price. The present-day Subaru BRZ gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. That way, things should only step up on the inside of 2021 Subaru BRZ.

Models

2021 Subaru BRZ

2020 Toyota 86

2020 Nissan 370Z

Passenger Capacity

4

4

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/54.5/41.9 37.1/54.5/41.9 38.2/54.4/42.9

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.0/51.7/29.9 35.0/51.7/29.9 N.A

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

6.9

6.9

6.9

Utility-wise, all three cars have the same cargo capacity. The Nissan can only set in 2 people, as it has no rear row. Nevertheless, the rest of the cars also can manage to seat in just 2 average-sized adults, as the rear seats are cramped a lot, which begs question on the claim of the 2021 Subaru BRZ having a capacity of 4.

What can we expect from the 2021 Subaru BRZ on the safety front?

Subaru BRZ for the 2021 model year will be expectantly based on the new Toyota's TNGA platform, which if true will have a better weight distribution and a rigid build quality. Now as both the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86 share the same underpinnings, we can whole-heartedly trust the cars to be safe. Subaru has far and wide been known for making safer and reliable cars, and if history is any guide, we can guarantee the 2021 BRZ to pack in the best in terms of advanced driver assistance tech.

A whole load of active and passive safety tech is set to grace the 2021 BRZ. Subaru's EyeSight safety tech makes it into the BRZ this time around and that too as a standard feature. Subaru's safety prospect cannot be questioned, as the 2020 BRZ received a praise-worthy 4 out of 5 stars when it was put through a wall by the NHTSA to test its crash test prowess.

Some of the safety features included in the 2021 BRZ are-

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Airbag occupancy sensor
  • Front Lap and shoulder seat belts with pretensioners.

What is the expected release date and price of the 2021 Subaru BRZ?

According to reports, both Subaru and Toyota were looking to launch the next generation of their respective BRZ and 86 coupes by the March of 2021. However, the sudden outbreak of novel Coronavirus has resulted in unprecedented delays in release date for all car manufacturers and not just them.

So as it turns out, expect the launch of 2021 Subaru BRZ to be pushed back to mid of 2021, i.e., if the authorities can keep the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in check. As far as prices are concerned, the 2020 Subaru BRZ starts at an MSRP of $28,845. So it is safe to assume that Subaru will price the 2021 BRZ around the $30,000 ballpark.


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2021 Subaru BRZ FAQs

Is the Subaru BRZ a reliable car?

Subaru's reliability cannot be under question, as they make some of the most reliable cars out there. Moreover, as the Subaru BRZ shares its underpinnings with the Toyota 86, who has established itself as a highly reliable vehicle. We can only guarantee that the Subaru BRZ will also be reliable as well.

How fast can the Subaru BRZ go?

Subaru BRZ can be dubbed as a mild performance coupe with its 2.0L Boxer-4 which generates about 205 hp. It is good enough to do the 0-60 MPH dash in about 6.7 seconds all the while achieving a top speed of 143 MPH, which is pretty respectable.

What does the BRZ stand for?

BRZ in Subaru BRZ stands for Boxer, Rear-wheel drive, Zenith. Well because, it has a Boxer engine and a rear-wheel-drive setup, and the word Zenith is used to describe the Subaru BRZ as worthy enough for it is the best at what it does.

Do Subaru BRZs hold their value?

Subarus as an automaker has a pretty good reputation in the automotive industry. Now although the Subaru BRZ does hold its value down the line, it still doesn't match up to the rest of the Subaru lineup.

What type of car is the Subaru BRZ?

The Subaru BRZ is a 2+2 sports car that shares its underpinnings with the Toyota 86. It is manufactured in the automaker's Gunma assembly. Both the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86 are quite honestly the best in the segment.

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