2019 Subaru BRZ Arrives In Japan With Improved Aerodynamics And Suspension

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No word yet on US availability or pricing.

Having been on sale for seven years, the Subaru BRZ is long overdue an update. Unfortunately, the new next-generation BRZ isn’t expected to arrive until 2021, but that hasn’t stopped Subaru from improving the current model despite its slow sales. Unveiled in Japan, the 2019 Subaru BRZ has arrived with some subtle modifications that improve the aerodynamics.

According to Subaru, the Japanese sports coupe features new fins that suppress air turbulence at the rear of the body. Engineers have also installed revised dampers that improve stability and handling. As well as these updates, the JDM-spec BRZ RA-Racing has new seat belts and a modified roll bar.

Power is provided by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends up to 204 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. Those figures match the current US-spec Subaru BRZ, so don’t expect the 2019 model to pack any more power when it arrives in America.

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In Japan, pricing starts at ¥2,480,000 ($22,238) before tax for the entry-level BRZ R, while the range-topping STI Sport with the automatic gearbox starts at ¥3,325,000 ($29,815). There's no word on US availability or pricing for the 2019 Subaru BRZ yet, however.

The BRZ has never been a strong seller. Last month, the company sold 383 units in the US. If that sounds bleak, this was actually a 13.7 percent increase over the same month last year.