Subaru has announced it has stopped production of the current generation 2020 Subaru BRZ sports coupe. If you want one, you better hurry. This includes the Toyota 86 that is built at the Subaru plant in Gunma, Japan. Subaru has shut down the assembly lines to retool and get ready for the next-generation 2021 Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 models.
Subaru put this on its website in Japan. “We have closed the build-to-order manufacturing order for the models listed. Orders can only be accepted from stock at retailers.” Subaru Corporation said BRZ orders would end on July 20, 2020.
If you want a 2020 Subaru BRZ you may not get one unless it’s already sitting on the retailer's lot or showroom. Subaru only produces the BRZ/Toyota86 in Japan and not at the U.S. plant in Lafayette, Indiana. There could be a few still arriving from Japan, but it’s not likely.
When will the next-generation Subaru BRZ be available?
According to a report by BestCarWeb, the newly remodeled BRZ/GR86 will be coming next spring and will make its global debut in March 2021. You definitely want to wait for the next-generation models because the sport coupes are getting a new engine and technology upgrades.
If reports are accurate, the 2021 Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 will be getting a new FA24 2.4-liter direct-injection Boxer engine. What we don’t know, is if it will be turbocharged or naturally-aspirated like the current generation rear-drive coupe.
BestCarWeb says both sports cars will not be turbocharged and produce 220 PS and 240 Nm, (217 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque) from the normally-aspirated Boxer engine.This is a bump up from the current 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque.
We originally thought the BRZ/GR86 would make its global debut at the 2021 Geneva Motor Show March 2021, but reports say the organizers have decided to scrap the show and sell it because of weak demand from car brands and exhibitors. Subaru and Toyota could decide to launch the next-generation 2021 BRZ/GR86 with an online event instead.
If you are thinking of buying a 2020 Subaru BRZ you may want to wait. The 2021 Subaru BRZ/Toyota GR86 is coming with new upgrades and a more powerful Subaru Boxer engine. Stay tuned.
Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press and the founder of Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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