Subaru BRZ Launch Date Revealed

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
subaru brz launch date revealed

We’ve already reported that a new Subaru BRZ is on the way. Now we have a date for the unveil.

It’s two weeks from today, on Nov. 18, according to this forum report.

We have a good idea what’s new — vents aft of the front wheels and new taillamps — and the rest will be revealed that Wednesday.

We did get some speculation in our earlier report, suggesting a spring 2021 production start date, power from a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder engine with direct and port dual-injection, and power numbers of217 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. We don’t know about drivetrain or transmission or a potential Toyota version.

We will soon, though.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on Nov 05, 2020

    Thank you. Keep us posted. One of the few bright spots on a vast autoscape of abject misery and suffering. :-)

  • Mikey Mikey on Nov 05, 2020

    Totally off topic .... Mr Healy .... Check your E mail ....I just sent you a big tip!

  • MKizzy MKizzy on Nov 05, 2020

    The BRZ seems just "Toyotally" out of place in Subaru's conservative vehicle lineup; as if it should've been four inches taller, a third less powerful, and equipped with a CVT.

  • Digitaldoc Digitaldoc on Nov 05, 2020

    Add me to the disappointed camp that the new engine is normally aspirated. would have rather seen the existing 2.0 with the option of a turbo, than a 2.4NA.

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    • Stuki Stuki on Nov 06, 2020

      @PrincipalDan Turbos suck. Or, I suppose more formally accurately, blow. Most certainly in sports cars. Bore it (over)squarer, lighten internals, rev it higher......That's how driving magic is preserved in light sports cars, if more power is required. Not in going to diesel-like high pressure injectors, electric auxiliary booster motors and turbos. And if revs aren't enough, do it like Enzo: add more throats to the choir. Turbos and the rest are fine in combination with autoboxes, where they help one source of dull cancel out another. But in primarily driver centric car; free revving, naturally aspirated and manual, is where magic will always be found.