Nope, this one doesn’t have a turbo either!

While not as old as other Japanese carmakers like Toyota and Nissan, Subaru was one of the first companies from the country to open shop in the United States. It happened in 1968 when Malcolm Bricklin established Subaru of America in Philadelphia. Exactly 50 years have passed since them as of 2018, and Subaru is celebrating the event with a range of 50th Anniversary Edition models. The package is available across the entire U.S. lineup, including the BRZ sports car.

Limited to only a couple of hundred units, the BRZ 50th Anniversary Edition shares most of its special features with other vehicles included in this run. So it’s not exactly as exclusive as Subaru wants us to think. However, it has a range of cool features, including a new exterior color and new interior appointments. It’s also based on a higher-trim model, so it gets an extended range of standard equipment. Find out what it’s all about and how much it costs in the review below.

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What makes the Subaru BRZ 50th Anniversary Edition Special?

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The new Heritage Blue color is highlighted by satin chrome trim

The first thing that sets this model apart from the standard BRZ is the Heritage Blue exterior. This brand-new color is lighter than the usual, bright blue seen on the beefed-up WRX models, but it suits the two-door coupe quite nicely. It will probably be offered on regular models too once the 50th Anniversary Edition is sold out, but if you want to be the first to get it, this is your best chance. The Heritage Blue paint is complemented by satin chrome trim for the windows and badges, and a 50th Anniversary emblem.

Unfortunately, the BRZ didn’t get a couple of features that come with most other 50th Anniversary Edition cars. Weirdly enough, the coupe is the only one that doesn’t feature the unique alloy wheels. Also, it has body-colored mirror caps instead of the satin chrome. This option was deleted from the WRX and WRX STI too, so it must be a performance car-related thing, but it would have been nice to give the BRZ unique wheels too.

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The black upholstery has silver stitching

More goodies can be found inside the cabin, starting with the black upholstery highlighted by silver stitching. The seatbelts are also finished in silver, while 50th Anniversary logos are embroidered on the front seat headrests and the carpeted floor mats. The special model is based on the range-topping Limited trim, so it comes with a few extras such as Alcantara and leather upholstery, Subaru StarLink navigation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, automatic climate control, and keyless access with push-button start. The Performance Package with Brembo brakes and Sachs shock absorbers should be available optionally, as should the six-speed automatic transmission.

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The drivetrain is standard, but production is limited to only 250 units

Sadly, things remain unchanged under the hood, where the 2.0-liter flat-four cranks out the same 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. The 2016 updated added only five horses and five pound-feet, which makes 2018 the sixth year when the BRZ carries over without significant changes in the drivetrain compartment. Come on Subaru; we need that turbo!

The only thing that makes the 50th Anniversary Edition somewhat appealing is that production is limited to only 250 units. So it might end up as one of the rarest BRZs ever made. Pricing starts at $29,940, a $1,495 premium over the BRZ Limited it is based on. Not exactly a big deal considering the extra features, but a decent sticker for a limited-edition car.

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Press release

Commemorates 50 years in the United States
Limited production of each model
New Heritage Blue exterior color
Based on high-level trim
50th Anniversary badging for exterior and interior
Unique wheel finishes
Subaru of America, Inc. debuts 50th Anniversary Edition for each vehicle in its 2018 line-up at the Chicago Auto Show. The limited edition models are based on a high-level trim and come in an all-new exclusive color with unique badging and exterior and interior accents.

Production quantities will be limited to 1,050 for Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy and Outback, while WRX, STI and BRZ will have a combined total of 1,050.

The Anniversary editions celebrate the company’s 50 years in the United States and are immediately recognizable by the exclusive Heritage Blue exterior color; satin chrome exterior trim and badging; and SOA 50th anniversary emblem. They are further distinguished by unique alloy wheels (excludes BRZ). The exterior side mirrors are also finished in satin chrome (excludes BRZ, WRX, and STI). The cabin in each vehicle features black upholstery with contrasting silver stitching; silver seatbelts; and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. Each of these commemorative models is based on a high-level trim with an extensive list of standard features including EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology (where applicable). All models are on sale now at retailers across the country.

Subaru of America, which has experienced 10 consecutive years of sales growth, was founded on February 15th,1968, and operated for a short time from Balboa Park, CA, before moving to the Delaware Valley. Currently based in Cherry Hill, NJ, the company has grown substantially and will be moving to its new headquarters in Camden, NJ this spring.

Model

Trim

Production

MSRP*

MSRP* + DD

BRZ

Limited

250

$29,940

$30,800

Crosstrek

2.0i Limited

1,050

$30,040

$30,955

Forester

2.5i Touring

2.0 XT Touring

800

250

$33,390

$36,390

$34,305

$37,305

Impreza

2.0i Limited (4dr)

2.0i Limited (5dr)

500

550

$28,340

$28,840

$29,200

$29,700

Legacy

2.5i Limited

3.6R Limited

800

250

$31,490

$33,840

$32,350

$34,700

Outback

2.5i Limited

3.6R Limited

800

250

$35,080

$37,280

$35,995

$38,195

WRX

WRX STI

Limited

Limited

600

200

$35,495

$41,195

$36,355

$42,055

*MSRP excludes Destination and Delivery (D&D) charges. Crosstrek, Forester, Outback D&D is $915. D&D for BRZ, Impreza, Legacy, WRX and WRX STI is $860. Retailers in Alaska are charged an additional $150.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

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