Despite carrying different badges, the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ have gone hand in hand. Now it appears that Toyota and Subaru are at it again, offering a stripped down version of their respective sports coupes as a way to give customers free reign on how they want to design their cars.
Toyota has come out with that kind of option with the Toyota 86 RC and now, Subaru is doing the same with the BRZ RA.
If you think that the BRZ RA looks like an unfinished product, that’s not the case - at least not entirely. This specific variant of the Subaru sports coupe doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of the standard model. There are no fog lights in the front. The door handles are unpainted, as are the mirror caps, and the 16" steel wheels. On the inside, certain amenities that are usually found in the standard model have also been removed, particularly the AC unit, the audio system, the aluminum-looking trim, the pedals, the mats, the plastic covers on the wheel, handbrake, and gear levers, and even the plastic covers on the engine bay.
What it still has though is the 2.0-liter boxer engine mated to the six-speed transmission that, together, produce 200 horsepower.
In the same philosophy behind the GT 86 RC, Subaru is giving its prospective customers a stab at creating their own race-spec BRZ, providing a bare-as-bones model that’s completely ripe for customization. The fact that you have a sports car with no AC unit does give us some kind of hint, doesn’t it?
All of the left out amenities have cut down the weight of the BRZ RS from 20 kg/44 lbs to 60 kg/132 lbs, depending on the trim level of the car. These deletions also cut down on the price of the car in Japan to just 2,058,000 Yen, which is about $26,900 based on current exchange rates, about $5,000 less than what you’d have to pay for a fully stocked version.