Subaru Japan has revealed a 'partially improved' 2019 BRZ for its domestic market, with minor aerodynamic and suspension revisions. And yes, 'partially improved' is a direct translation from Japanese.
Shown here in STI Sport trim, the updated sports car gets new 'rear arch fins' which the company claim "suppress the turbulence of air at the rear of the body to the rear wheel arch" (mind you, this is translating the Japanese press release), along with retuned dampers for improved handling.
Buyers of the RA Racing variant offered in Japan also get a revised roll cage and new seatbelt design – it's the little things, right?
The powertrain remains unchanged for 2019, meaning the naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed 'boxer' engine is carried over.
Outputs continue to be rated at 152kW and 212Nm for models equipped with the six-speed manual, while automatic models make 147kW and 205Nm.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Subaru's local division confirmed "minor" changes for the 2019 model year are in the pipeline, though timing is still to be confirmed.
We'd argue the suspension changes and minor aero upgrade are the only possible changes coming to Australia, given we don't get the RA Racing specification offered in Japan.
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