2012 Subaru BRZ On Sale In Australia

Tony O'Kane | Jul 14, 2012

Subaru Australia has announced the long-awaited arrival of its BRZ two-door sports car, which will be available in strictly limited numbers and sold exclusively online.

The BRZ will be available from Monday in a single model grade, priced from $37,150 drive away for the manual and $39,730 drive away for the automatic.

Due to strong demand for the BRZ and its Toyota 86 twin both here and overseas, Subaru's initial allocation of cars is severely constrained.

Just 201 cars will touch Australian soil over the next six months, with 50 of those earmarked to serve as dealer demonstrators until the next allocation arrives in the first quarter of 2013.

A further 28 cars are also spoken for by buyers who've already laid down deposits, which, after we subtract the single car that Subaru Australia has kept for its own collection, leaves just 122 BRZs available for purchase until the end of this year.

So, already the BRZ looks destined to be a rare bird, or at least until the supply situation improves in 2013.

By Subaru Australia's conservative estimates, supply from the carmaker's Gunma plant in Japan (the sole production location for the 86/BRZ) may rise to 40 cars per month next year

Still modest numbers compared to Toyota's 200-odd units-per-month allocation.

To manage the influx of prospective buyers, Subaru has set up a dedicated BRZ page on its consumer website where customers can arrange test drives, configure their car, pay their deposit and keep tabs on the status of their order.

It's a novel approach, but whether it proves a success or a failure with dealers and/or consumers won't be determined until six months from now, when Subaru Australia conducts a review of the online ordering system.

Mechanical Package

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Although there's much commonality between the BRZ and its kissing cousin the 86, Subaru's take on the RWD lightweight coupe formula is slightly different from Toyota's.

There's the same 147kW an 205Nm FA20 2.0 litre flat-four, the same six-speed Aisin manual transmission, the same optional six-speed automatic, and the same Torsen limited-slip differential as the 86.

Brakes are also the slightly larger and thicker 294x24mm front and 290x18mm rear ventilated discs used by the 86 GTS.

Mechanically, the biggest difference is in the front suspension, which uses slightly firmer spring rates and a revised damper tune to limit body roll and reduce oversteer.

Exterior changes also include a unique front bumper, Subaru-specific headlamp jewellery and different fender vents.

Features

Specification-wise, the BRZ is a close match for the high-grade Toyota 86 GTS. It gets bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, foglamps, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, keyless entry with push-button starter, 17-inch alloys and power folding wing mirrors.

All BRZs will carry a numbered plaque at the base of the gear shifter.

Cloth upholstery is standard, and the BRZ uses the same interior plastics as the Toyota 86.

There are some tweaks to the instrument cluster and dash trim though. The 365mm diameter steering wheel is also shared, but is fitted with a different horn pad.

Pricing

There's no standard sat-nav or heated leather seats (both are available as cost options), but the BRZ holds an advantage over the 86 GTS thanks to its national drive-away price of $37,150, which compares favourably to the 86 GTS manual's retail price of $35,490 (plus on-road costs and charges).

Another ace up the BRZ's sleeve is that it will be sold with complimentary servicing for the first three years or 60,000km, whichever comes first.

  • Subaru BRZ 6-speed manual: $37,150 drive-away
  • Subaru BRZ 6-speed automatic: $39,730 drive-away
  • Leather and alcantara heated front seats: $1500

The 2012 Subaru BRZ officially goes on sale at noon on Monday 16 June. Orders can only be placed via www.subaru.com.au

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  • Peter Davison says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    The brz may have a drive away price of $37150 and the GTS is around $39600 but the
    GTS has sat nav leather and spoiler standard stick this on the brz and it is $ 42000 drive away
    I know because my brz arrives in 2 weeks
    • richard says,
      2 years ago
      2 likes
      How does leather and sat nav add $5000 to the price of the BRZ when the leather/heated seat option is $1500 and sat nav isn't a factory option? You telling porkies?biggrin
      • Davey Jones says,
        2 years ago
        1 like
        Including sat-nav, it is 44k driveway. Just ordered one.

        i would of gone with the GTS if they had any in stock.
  • Sam says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    Dollar for dollar its the same price as the 86 once you've added sat nav and leather. So if you're a Subaru fan you get the BRZ, and if you're a Toyota fan you get the 86. This is the way it should be. Nice move in not cannibalizing each others market.
  • Leon Liang says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    cool Like the details on the BRZ fender and lights, but the f/bumper...86 looks better.
    Wonder if its interchangable down the track laugh
  • Damo W says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    So much bling and so little zing. Very disappointing!
  • Dennis M says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    the BRZ is more expensive than the 86 when you add leather and sat nav, check for your self they are NOT the same as stated here.

    Also on the brz web page there is no sat nav option?

    i will be buying the 86 subaru leave a bad taste in my mouth after my current gen wrx, their customer service is ***ty, and they nevver just fix things on the car you need to argue with them about it even though its under new car warranty.
  • ash says,
    2 years ago
    actually the toyota gts is 42 drive away 44385 with all the paint protection and also the p2 colours hopefully get.finance aproved this avo!!! then 15 month wait sad
  • Nik B says,
    2 years ago
    Not sure why BRZ is 10-12k cheaper in the US when the exchange rate is about the same.
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      2 years ago
      I think u mean 'cars in general' and not just the BRZ

      all cars here are more expensive than they are in the US

      its a topic that has been beaten to death. it isnt going to change. get over it or take action but quit whingin (everyone i mean, not just you)

      after all its not as if theyre going to sell the BRZ here for 20k but keep selling the corolla at its current price.
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