Subaru will join Toyota in celebrating a decade of its rear-wheel-drive coupe joint venture, with a new special edition bound for Australia.
The 2023 Subaru BRZ 10th Anniversary Edition has been revealed for Japan – with an Australian version to follow in due course, Subaru has confirmed.
Revealed alongside a 10th-anniversary version of the related Toyota GR86, the new Subaru BRZ edition celebrates a decade since Subaru’s version of the joint-venture sports car went on sale, with mild exterior and interior enhancements.
An Australian arrival has been confirmed to follow in “due course” – badged the BRZ 10th Anniversary Edition – however specific launch timing, specifications and pricing have not been locked in.
Toyota’s equivalent – the GR86 10th Anniversary Edition – is due on sale in late 2022, limited to just 86 cars for Australia. The standard Toyota GR86 will launch in September – eight months after the standard BRZ arrived in January.
Revealed in Japan, the birthday special edition differentiates itself through matte black 18-inch wheels, a 10th Anniversary sticker on the rear windscreen, black caps for the power-folding side mirrors, and a black BRZ badge on the tailgate.
Inside, upgrades include blue stripes (replacing red) across the leather and Alcantara seats, and blue contrast stitching for the seats, armrests, steering wheel, shifter and handbrake – matching the standard WR (World Rally) Blue Pearl exterior paint.
There’s blue 10th Anniversary embroidery on the upper door cards, plus dark metallic or black accents for the drive mode switch, engine start button, steering wheel inserts, and and climate control switchgear.
The door card embroidery, seat stripes and interior contrast stitching all feature in the Toyota version – but in orange, rather than blue.
No changes have been made under the bonnet, where a 174kW/250Nm 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated flat four-cylinder engine is retained, with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
The 2023 Subaru BRZ 10th Anniversary Edition is on sale now in Japan – though while an Australian launch has been confirmed, launch timing is yet to be locked in.
“We are very pleased to confirm the 10th Anniversary Edition BRZ is bound for Australia. We look forward to sharing more details about this model in due course,” said a Subaru Australia spokesperson.
“We are hugely excited about Subaru Corporation’s reveal of the limited 10th Anniversary Special Edition ‘S’ BRZ to celebrate a decade since the original BRZ went on sale.”
Pricing is yet to be confirmed for Australia, however the four per cent premium the special edition commands in Japan – where it’s based on the top-spec variant – points to a list price of about $43,000 plus on-road costs in Australia for a manual variant, a premium of $1500.
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