Just a few days removed from the launch of Toyota's half of the GR 86/BRZ second generation vehicle debut, Subaru announces a slew of OEM optional parts for their version. As of now, these parts, some of which were seen through a cloaked BRZ undergoing testing at Fuji, are in development and intended for the Japanese market. Like most JDM goods however, they'll certainly make their way to U.S. cars as owners will eagerly take to the web in order to track them down. In addition, there's a chance that U.S. dealerships will get at least a handful of these in due time. No, it's not the STI model that many dream of, but the enhancements definitely gussy up the Subies look, helping to separate it from its twin.
Of the two cars, most would agree that the Subaru carries a more mature approach in terms of its aesthetic. That really comes solely from the styling characteristics of the front bumper, as the majority of the skins from both automakers are pretty spot on. Here, the front bumper is enhanced with a front lip that flattens out the bottom end and features fluted winglets that turn up on either side. A strip of LEDs are added just inside the bumper's side grill openings for a modern touch.
Along the sides of the BRZ, the vented front fender's blacked-out section wears an STI badge, while down below, a rear strake pushes the side skirt direction down and back, just in front of the rear wheels. Sure, those side additions are very subtle, even by OEM standards but you have to keep in mind the factory side skirt is already very pronounced. Another option that could have been used for more impact is a straight side diffuser added along the full length of the rocker panels to match that of the optional front lip. Admittedly, that style, used by the Civic Type R and a host of others is becoming a bit too common.
Step around to the rear and you'll notice the bumper diffuser which surrounds the exhaust tips and wraps up and around the sides of the bumper using a "pinch" in the design to match the other pieces. Atop the aluminum roof you'll spot a row of vortex generators added just behind the shark's fin.
If Subaru wanted subtle, they certainly found it with the microscopic trunk spoiler that runs the length of the decklid. For those that want something far more aggressive, the group also introduced a carbon fiber wing with a design that folds over on both sides and relies on swan neck style uprights. You're at one extreme or another it seems, whether you want a mild strip, or an aggressive carbon option perched upon the rear.
The wheels used on both the BRZ and GR 86 debuts were identical, but this group of optional pieces includes a new forged wheel in dark bronze with split spokes. Once again produced by BBS, they feature the STI logo on the center cap and also engraved in the wheel's lip.
In regard to performance, an STI branded exhaust system was also displayed and features etched badging on enlarged exhaust finishers that use perforated walls. Not a complete exhaust system upgrade, it won't net much in terms of power gains, but we expect it will carry a deeper, more purposeful note, if that's your thing.
Under the hood, the only changes we spotted were a pair of support bars that bridge the shock towers to the center of the firewall, again with STI badging.
Sure, it's not the STI model you're holding out for, but these optional parts add some spice to the new generation BRZ's look and feel. Is it enough to push you closer to buying one? If you were on the fence, the subtle (and not so subtle in the case of the carbon wing) Japanese market upgrades might just be enough to sway you.