After eight years shining a bright ray of sports coupe hope into the a bleak crossover world, the Subaru BRZ has ceased production. The lines at its Ota, Gunma Prefecture plant have churned out their last BRZs as they prepare to manufacture the next generation. Toyota is expected to make a similar announcement regarding the 86 twin soon.
This was to be expected, as Subaru and Toyota have both announced Final Editions of the BRZ and 86, respectively. A Final Edition BRZ was offered in Germany, while Toyota offered an 86 Black Limited in Japan, mirroring the AE86 Black Edition that marked that model’s swan song.
This means that in Japan, you can no longer order your BRZ to custom spec. If you go to Subaru’s Japanese website, there’s a message that simply states, “We have finished accepting orders for built-to-order manufacturing of the models listed. Orders can only be accepted from stock at retailers.” That means option and color choices are limited to what is sitting on dealer lots.
Hopefully, that means the next generation BRZ and 86 are around the corner. It’s rumored that it will feature Subaru’s FA24 Turbo boxer, bumping displacement from 2.0 to 2.4 liters and output from 205 to 250 horsepower. With a more powerful Supra, new Z, and FR Mazda coming, it should be an exciting time for Japanese performance cars.