Subaru Reveals BRZ Special Edition in Australia
With prices starting at $40,650 (AUD) the Subaru BRZ SE promises more than $9,000 worth of upgrades for just an extra $3,500 – what are they and are they worth the price hike? Let’s find out…
This week, Subaru revealed a new Special Edition of their popular BRZ coupe, which features a number of unique styling features but, unfortunately, no higher output.
Sales of Subaru’s BRZ in Australia have, apparently, been floundering and so they needed boosting with something new – enter the BRZ Special Edition.
Subaru say that the Special Edition features $9,000 worth of upgrades, yet the drive-away price has only increased by $3,500.
Externally, the BRZ sports a set of old-school GT racing stripes and a number of other STI goodies, including 17-inch rims, a boot lid spoiler, rear under diffuser, side skirts and a new front lip.
Inside the BRZ also boasts a handful of new additions. First, there’s the STI engine start push-button engine. Second, the manual models feature a short-throw gearshift assembly, whereas the automatic models get an STI shift knob.
“This Special Edition represents tremendous value as it combines the recently announced MY15 enhancements, including suspension tweaks, with some fantastic kit that only adds to its outstanding on-road presence and reputation,” said Subaru Australia MD Nick Senior.
But if you were hoping for an under-the-bonnet boost you’re going to be disappointed. Subaru have made no changes to the chassis and the 147KW 2.0-litre flat four still provides the power through either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The BRZ SE (AU-spec) is already available to order and the first customers can expect delivery in November this year. However, Subaru have confirmed an initial run of 125 vehicles, so get your order in quick to avoid disappointment.
We’d love to hear your thoughts about the Subaru BRZ SE. Does it represent excellent value for consumers or should Subaru have focussed more on performance upgrades than cosmetic ones?