The 2013 Subaru BRZ that’s heading to our shores may carry a little more content than its sister, the Scion FR-S, but that doesn’t seem to be the case in England. New reports suggest the UK will also receive a new de-contented BRZ trim level, designed to appeal to budget-conscious enthusiasts located across the pond.
This stripped-down BRZ may not actually be that big of a surprise: Toyota offers the “Customize Grade” on the nearly-identical 2013 GT 86. The new base trim level on the U.K.-spec 2013 Subaru BRZ is aimed at the same do-it-yourself tuner crowd as the 86′s Customize Grade. Details on the stripper BRZ are scarce, but if its anything like its Toyota cousin, it may come with black bumpers and mirrors, 16-inch steel wheels, and an interior devoid of a sound system and air conditioning. One key item that the stripped 86 is missing (and likely the the base BRZ will miss out on too) is the helical limited-slip differential that’s standard equipment in North America. As a result, base BRZ owners abroad may have to endure “one-wheel peels” or slap on an aftermarket differential.
According to Subaru, we’ll only be getting two (well-equipped) trim levels here in the States at launch – the BRZ Premium and BRZ Limited. Subaru has decided to position the BRZ upmarket from the Scion FR-S clone that Toyota will offer here. That’s not to say a stripped-out BRZ won’t ever happen here, as Subaru did once offer a stripper version of the WRX back in 2006 called the WRX TR. When pressed on a possible BRZ TR, officials wouldn’t say that the prospect is completely out of the question here in the U.S. That said, Subaru did admit that a stripper BRZ would not attract “the buyer we are looking for in the U.S.”