The Subaru BRZ debuted back in 2013 as a part of a joint venture with Toyota. Since its arrival, the Subaru BRZ has had some visual, powertrain, and tech updates but continued with the same basic design. The 2020 Subaru BRZ will roll in as a carryover model, save for a shuffling of its trim levels.
Inside and out, the 2020 Subaru BRZ will be a carryover model. Given its status as a niche vehicle and limited demand, it’s no surprise it continues with what some may consider a stale design. What will change are the trim levels, as the 2020 BRZ will drop the Premium trim and move the Limited trim down to the base level. This new base trim will come standard with keyless entry, push-button ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual USB ports, power door locks, power mirrors, power windows, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM, Alcantara-and-leather seats, and more.
Another tweak will be the return of the tS trim, which will add STI-tuned SACHS dampers and coil springs, an STI V-brace in the engine compartment, draw stiffeners, four-piston front Brembo calipers, dual-piston rear Brembo calipers, 18-inch matte-bronze wheels, a Ceramic White exterior paint job, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, a low-profile rear spoiler, Cherry Blossom Red exterior accents, Alcantara upholstery, red interior stitching and accents, leather front-seat bolsters, red seat belts, and more. There will only be 300 BRZ tS units available.
The 2020 Subaru BRZ will arrive with the same 2.0-liter boxer-four engine producing up to 205 horsepower. This engine will pair with a standard six-speed manual transmission, but there will be an available six-speed automatic that will include a 5-hp cut, leaving the 2.0-liter engine at just 200 hp. Unlike all other Subaru models, the BRZ will come in rear-wheel drive only.
On the base Limited trim with the manual transmission, buyers can enhance performance with the $1,195 Performance Package. This package will add Brembo four-piston calipers and rotors on the front, dual-piston calipers and rotors on the rear, SACHS performance shock absorbers, and 17-by-7.5-inch dark-gray aluminum alloy wheels.
The current Subaru BRZ is far from the safest car on the road, as it lacks even optional automatic emergency braking and scored just an “Acceptable” score in the IIHS’ driver’s side small-overlap test. We expect the safety features and ratings to remain the same in the 2020 BRZ.