The primary changes to the car, according to a translated Japanese press release, are additions to the rear wheel arches in the form of altered fins, as well as changes to the suspension.
The fins, Subaru says, will reduce the turbulence and improve aerodynamics for the air passing the rear of the car and through the arches.
The changes to suspension amount to a re-tune to improve handling and ‘groundability’, according to the translation. We assume this means the update will keep the BRZ more settled on the road.
At the same time, Subaru in the US has released a special ‘grey’ edition which amounts to a styling alteration through gloss black alloys, mirrors, and a grey paint job similar to that of the updated Japanese car pictured.
The changes made for Japan suggest the Australian BRZ is due to receive the minor update, though some aspects of it aren’t relevant to our market.
Subaru sells an ‘RA-Racing’ version of the BRZ in Japan, which includes a roll cage and track belts, both of which are being improved for the 2019 model.
If you’re looking for more power or forced induction, however, no word from Subaru has been heard on whether an updated power output is imminent. This means the boxer four remains a 152kW/212Nm deal, with straight-line performance likely unaffected by the update.
MOTOR will keep an ear to the ground for the official word from Subaru Australia.