The BRZ looks great from all the dealer photos in Japan.I watched that yesterday. Great video, well made.
I had an 86 originally and considering I have had 32 cars and 5 motorcycles in my 44 years of having a license, the 86 I actually kept for 3 1/2 years which I am sure you can do the math and see that is twice the time of the next car behind it in terms of how long I kept it. I went BRZ this time around initially because Toyota couldn't get their act together and even release Australian pricing. I would have bought a 2nd 86 at the time, but it was essentially the same car, so I experimented with a MX5 and Mustang, but they are crap in comparison to the 86/BRZ. I care more about handling than straight line speed and I want to be able to have more than just my lunch in the boot.
From what I have seen/heard/read I think I will be happier with the BRZ anyway with the way the handling varies (suspension set up) and I don't care about the front grill.. I can't see it while I am driving anyway.