Subaru Australia is fighting to bring more BRZ stock to Australia in 2022, but wait times for new orders may be shorter than thought
If you want to order a new Subaru BRZ coupe now, you’ll have to wait until at least the third quarter of the year to take delivery, according to dealer sources.
A Sydney Metropolitan Subaru dealer quoted September 2022 delivery for a new BRZ order, while a separate Subaru outlet confirmed a new order could be delivered in Q3 2022 – meaning July to September of this year.
But Subaru Australia is adamant that a second assignment of BRZ examples for Australia has not been confirmed – meaning delivery dates remain unknown – after the first 500 examples for Australia were released. be sold in December 2021.
In January, Subaru Australia managing director Blair Read told media that the company was working with the factory to confirm the size and timing of the second BRZ allocation by “the end of this quarter” – it i.e. in March 2022.
Subaru and Toyota again shared development of the BRZ and GR86 for the second generation, but the GR86 won’t launch in Australia until the second half of 2022.
The BRZ beat its Toyota sibling to the punch in Australia with a January 2022 launch. chase cars rated the BRZ 8.5/10 during a track session at Sydney Motorsport Park, before reviewing the BRZ on-road manual – while we also put the sporty coupe in a comparison with the hot hatch Hyundai i20 N at the similar price.
How long should I wait for a Subaru BRZ?
Subaru Australia is fighting to bring more stock to Australia amid widespread automotive industry supply chain disruptions, but would not provide an estimated timeline for when Australian buyers will receive their new BRZ.
The brand has confirmed that the first award of 500 next-generation BRZ examples were sold out. As of December 2021, 195 BRZs were registered nationwide, while 97 were registered in January.
Considering that some of these cars may have been dealer demos, press vehicles and possibly final first generation stock, chase cars estimates that around 250 Next Generation BRZs have been delivered to Australia.
The company previously committed to delivering all cars in the first allocation of 500 by the start of the second quarter of 2022.
Orders are now being taken from customers for cars in the second Australian allocation of the new BRZ. A NSW Metropolitan dealer said chase cars a buyer who placed an order today can expect to pick up a new BRZ — regardless of specification — in September.
Another Australian buyer, who had previously placed an order for a BRZ, was told by his dealer that he expected a delivery date between July and September this year – but the timeframe is likely to lean towards the last end of the scale.
It is understood that the BRZs arriving in Australia in the next batch will be based entirely on specific customer orders instead of unspecific excess stock.
Subaru Australia did not provide an estimated timeline for the next batch of BRZs with a spokesperson noting that “the timing of the next BRZ allocation will be communicated to customers once confirmed with Subaru Corporation.”
While the seven-month waiting period quoted by dealers is high, Australian buyers are forced to wait up to a year for vehicles such as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
What else contributes to wait times?
It comes after Subaru was forced to shut down all of its major vehicle and transmission production plants in Japan for a period of six working days due to a critical shortage of parts.
Subaru Australia said no direct impact from the shutdown, but one of the affected factories is responsible for building the BRZ and the closely related Toyota GR 86.
Australia isn’t the only market eager to get its hands on the second-generation BRZ either, as Subaru USA reportedly suspended custom BRZ pre-orders in January as the Japanese brand tried to make up 45,000 unfulfilled orders.
Other major markets such as Subaru’s home market of Japan and other parts of North America have launched the next-generation BRZ and are seeing strong demand for more stock.
The current situation is ongoing and may change in the future, so stay tuned for more updates on the BRZ and GR86.
2022 Subaru BRZ: Prices in Australia
All prices quoted are before road charges.
- BRZ Coupe Manual: $38,990
- Manual BRZ Coupe S: $40,190
- BRZ Automatic Coupe: $42,790
- BRZ Coupe S automatic: $43,990