Development vehicle spied at the Nurburgring probably previews an update to keep the rear-wheel drive coupe fresh for a few more years.
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A disguised prototype of the Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 has been photographed doing laps of the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

The front bumper features disguise tape and a few false panels underneath, suggesting there'll be tweaks to the design, especially around the fog light surround. The front bumper appears more aggressive, with wider air intakes on its outer edge.

There also seems to be a vent around the trailing edge of the front wheel arch, although this could be a ruse from the Japanese manufacturers.

At the back there's a bit of red tape and a plastic extension for the tail-lights, potentially to help conceal what looks like a ducktail spoiler for the boot lid.

This prototype appears to be a bit of a hybrid franken-car, as it features 86-branded headlights but BRZ badging at the back. It's unclear if there will be any mechanical changes to complement the visual update.

Enthusiasts have been hoping for more powerful engine options, as well as greater visual differentiation between the two cars. We'll have to wait and see whether Subaru and Toyota are willing to oblige on either regard.

Subaru and Toyota have already confirmed they're working on a second generation of the BRZ and 86 twins. It's likely this update will see the model through until the new cars are released in a few years time.