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Subaru BRZ wait times: September 2022 delivery possible but new shipment not yet confirmed


Subaru Australia is fighting to bring more BRZ stock to Australia in 2022, but wait times on new orders could be shorter than first thought

If you want to order a new Subaru BRZ coupe now, you’ll be waiting until at least the third quarter of the year to take delivery of one, according to dealer sources.

One metropolitan Sydney Subaru dealer quoted a September 2022 delivery for a new BRZ order, while a separate Subaru outlet confirmed that a new order could be delivered in the third quarter of 2022 – meaning July to September this year.

But Subaru Australia is adamant that a second allotment of BRZ examples for Australia has not been confirmed – meaning delivery dates remain unknown – after the first 500 examples for Australia sold out in December 2021

Two Subaru dealers have said new buyers should expect to receive their BRZ by September

In January, Subaru Australia general manager 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” – meaning some time in March 2022.

Subaru and Toyota once again shared in the 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. Chasing Cars rated the BRZ 8.5/10 from a track session at Sydney Motorsport Park, before reviewing the BRZ manual on-road – while we’ve also put the sporty coupe into a comparison against the similarly-priced Hyundai i20 N hot hatch.

Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR 86 2022 on track
Subaru launched the BRZ in Australia in late 2021 but Australians won’t see the Toyota GR86 until later this year

How long will I have to wait for a Subaru BRZ?

Subaru Australia is fighting to bring more stock to Australia amid widespread interruptions to the car industry supply chain but would not provide an estimated timeline for when Australian buyers would receive their new BRZ.

The brand confirmed that the first allocation of 500 new-generation BRZ examples had sold out. In December 2021, 195 BRZs were registered nationwide, while 97 were registered in January.

Accounting for the fact some of these cars may have been dealer demos, press vehicles and possibly final first-gen stock, Chasing Cars estimates that around 250 new-gen BRZ have been delivered in Australia.

Subaru BRZ 2022 blue front end
The first batch of 500 BRZs promised to Australia have all been spoken for

The company has previously committed to delivering all cars from the first allocation of 500 by early in the second quarter of 2022.

Orders are now being taken from customers for cars in the second Australian allocation of the new BRZ. One metropolitan dealer in NSW told Chasing Cars a buyer who placed an order today could expect to take possession of a new BRZ – regardless of specification – in September.

Another Australian buyer, who had already placed an order for a BRZ, was told by their dealer to expect a delivery date between July and September this year – but the timeframe is likely to skew towards the latter end of the scale.

Demand is high for the BRZ in several major markets

It’s understood that BRZs coming to Australia in the next batch will be entirely based on specific orders from customers instead of a non-specific surplus of stock.

Subaru Australia has not provided an estimated timeline for the next batch of BRZs with a spokesperson noting “timing of the next allocation of BRZ will be communicated to customers once confirmed with Subaru Corporation”.

While the seven-month wait period stated by the dealers is high, Australian buyers are being forced to wait for up to a year for vehicles such as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Subaru was recently forced to temporarily close its factory tasked with building the BRZ

What else is contributing to the wait times? 

It comes after Subaru was forced to shut down all its major vehicle and drivetrain production plants in Japan for a period of six business days due to a critical shortage of parts.

Subaru Australia has not stated any direct impacts from the shutdown but one of the factories affected is tasked with building the BRZ and closely-related Toyota GR 86.

Australia is also not the only market keen to get their hands on the second-generation BRZ, with Subaru USA reportedly pausing custom BRZ pre-orders in January as the Japanese marque attempted to catch up on 45,000 unfulfilled orders.

Other major markets such Subaru’s home market of Japan and other areas of North America have launched the new-generation BRZ and are experiencing high demand for more stock.

The current situation is ongoing and could change in the future so stay tuned for more updates on the BRZ and GR86.

Subaru BRZ 2022: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • BRZ Coupe manual: $38,990
  • BRZ Coupe S manual: $40,190
  • BRZ Coupe auto: $42,790
  • BRZ Coupe S auto: $43,990