The new Subaru BRZ has been revealed, sticking with its rear-wheel-drive layout but upsizing to a more powerful engine (without a turbocharger).

As a reminder, the second-generation BRZ was again developed alongside the Toyota’s as-yet-unrevealed 86 (which is expected to switch to the GR86 badge).

While the original twins each employed a naturally aspirated 2,0-litre flat-four engine worth 147 kW and 205 N.m, the new BRZ upgrades to a likewise atmospheric 2,4-litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder unit, with listed peak outputs of 170 kW at a heady 7 000 r/min and 249 N.m at 3 700 r/min. We can expect these figures to apply to the new GR86, too.

A six-speed manual gearbox will ship standard, while an automatic transmission with the same number of cogs (plus a new sport mode) will again be optional. A limited-slip rear differential is included in both cases.

Subaru says the new 2+2 model’s centre of gravity is “even lower” than that of the original and “on par with exotic hypercars”. The new BRZ is around 25 mm longer and almost 13 mm lower than its predecessor, while the wheelbase now measures 2 575 mm (around 5 mm longer than before). Thanks to the use of aluminium for the roof, front fenders and bonnet, the Japanese firm says the BRZ has an “estimated” kerb weight of “just under” 1 315 kg, while the chassis is stiffer, too.

Inside, you’ll find a fresh seven-inch digital instrument cluster and a centrally sited eight-inch touchscreen. Up front, there are “deeply contoured” bucket seats with red stitching, while the rear seats fold down to increase packing space.

The current Toyota GT86 line-up in South Africa comprises just a single derivative, priced at R644 800. The BRZ, meanwhile, was pulled from the local market back in September 2015.