A mysterious Subaru BRZ prototype has been spied getting tail-happy at Fuji Speedway.
Last month, the all-new 2022 Subaru BRZ was unveiled with a new engine, sharper handling, and a redesigned exterior and interior. Its debut came as a huge relief after fears that the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ were not going to be renewed for a second generation with demand for sports car sales falling.
This could finally change, as a mysterious Subaru BRZ prototype has been spied getting tail-happy at Fuji Speedway.
While this isn't confirmation that Subaru is building a hardcore BRZ, the fact it was being assessed by Subaru staff wearing STI-branded jackets raises our suspicions.
Shared online, the BRZ prototype was spotted at the Japanese racetrack during a filming day for Subaru's new BRZ Super GT car. This could explain why the STI team were at the trackside, but the prototype looks noticeably more aggressive than the standard BRZ. Camouflage covers most of the body, but Subaru can't hide the car's larger rear diffuser, while the side skirts and front splitter look sportier.
Of course, we can't rule out the possibility that this could be a prototype for a new BRZ tS since the standard car's sales may not justify the investment required to build a full-fat STI model. Either way, the upgraded BRZ will undoubtedly receive a power bump over the standard model.
Under the hood, the 2022 Subaru BRZ is powered by a new 2.4-liter boxer four-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. While enthusiasts were hoping the new BRZ would be turbocharged, this new unit offers a healthy increase of 23 hp and 28 lb-ft. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.