For the 2015 model year Toyota and Subaru have given the 86/BRZ twins a mild update. When I say mild update I actually mean very minimal. There’s no power upgrade, no extra engine choices, and not even an extra body style. Yes, no matter how much we beg and plead there’s still no convertible version. Both cars still have the same 2.0-litre four cylinder boxer engine under bonnet pumping out 200bhp/147kW and 205NM of torque.
This update for 2015 does brings in a new electric power assisted steering and a more rigid body said to improve handling and ride comfort for both cars. It’ll be interesting to see how the new electrically assisted power steering will feel in comparison to the old hydraulic steering unit. The 86/BRZ’s pure handling is one of its defining characteristics, it’d be a shame to lose that in favour of better fuel economy. Inside changes have been less extensive. Toyota/Subaru’s accountants and/or engineers must’ve been content with their work as not a lot has changed. Really it’s only some new silver metallic trim on the steering wheel, centre console, and door grip. Not exactly the same as the turbocharged STi version many fans were looking forward to. At least there are two new colours available; Pure Red and Azurite Blue.
The BRZ gets two new trim levels. The R Customise Package is a basic no nonsense version of the popular sports coupe, equipped the basics such as manual aircon and steel wheels. There’s something weirdly cool about this spec. Subaru say they this spec isn’t limited for Motorsport use, there’s a wide range of possible opportunities for the R Customise Package. What these opportunities are, however, they didn’t say. This would be one for Subaru NZ to consider bringing in as an entry point to the BRZ range. On the other end of the scale is the S Package which comes as standard with cruise control, an upgraded 8-speaker sound system, and a power amplifier.
Interestingly Toyota have added a special customised version of its 86 coupe, the classically inspired “style cB”. The 86 style cB has bespoke front bumper, oval headlights, and an optional rear spoiler. Inside there’s a “luxury leather” steering wheel, white instrument dials, and ebony woodgrain trim to give a classic and quality feel to the interior. Prices for the style Cb will start from ¥4,180,582 ($47,031).
The MY2015 86 will go on sale in Japan from April 8 with the MY2015 BRZ following on the 16th. The 86 style Cb will be available from April 23.