Subaru’s BRZ has received its most significant update since launching on the market as a 2013 model.
The update mirrors similar changes made to Toyota’s version of the car, the 86 (formerly a Scion FR-S).
Both updated sports cars go on sale later this year as 2017 models.
It’s easy to spot the updated BRZ by its new front bumper which appears wider than before and has been positioned lower for improved aerodynamics. The headlights are now full-LED units, a first for Subaru, and integrate the car’s daytime running lights.
Other visual cues include a standard rear spoiler, full-LED taillights, and new wheel patterns. The available fog lights have also been converted to LEDs.
There aren’t as many changes in the cabin.
2017 Subaru BRZ
All BRZs get a redesigned leather-wrapped steering wheel while the range-topping Limited trim receives a wrapped instrument cluster hood, “BRZ” embroidered on the seats, and a 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster that provides the driver with info such as lateral gs, accelerator pedal position, braking force, steering angle, oil and water temperature, and battery voltage. There’s also a stop watch feature for recording lap times.
Unfortunately, you won’t be setting any quick times as the 2017 BRZ, like its 2017 86 corporate cousin, remains down on power. The 2.0-liter flat-4 engine sees output rise to 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, up from 200 hp and 151 lb-ft previously. A 6-speed manual remains standard while a 6-speed automatic is available.
Other performance tweaks include revised coil spring and damper settings plus a larger rear stabilizer bar. Several other reinforcements to the chassis were made and the final drive ratio changed from 4.1:1 to 4.3:1. Subaru says the thresholds of the stability control system were also raised, resulting in the decision to rename the previous Sport mode to Track mode, and there’s now a hill start assist feature standard across the range.
Those seeking more performance will be able to opt for a new Performance Package, though unfortunately it’s only offered on cars equipped with a manual transmission and Limited trim. It includes beefed up Brembo brakes, Sachs shock absorbers, and unique 17-inch alloys finished in black.
The 2017 Subaru BRZ hits showrooms in early September, though buyers looking to add the Performance Package will have to wait until early next year. Pricing hasn’t been announced but shouldn’t deviate much from the $26,190 starting price of the 2016 model.
For more on the Subaru BRZ, read the in-depth reviews over at The Car Connection.