Subaru upgrades the BRZ sports-coupe image

To keep the interest as high as possible for its affordable and fun-to-drive BRZ coupe, Subaru is bringing new features and styling clues for the 2017 model.

Subaru’s focus on this refresher treatment has evidently been around the handling area, so that BRZ could be able to give to its drivers a bit more excitement on the track and on open roads. For better responsiveness and stability, the 2-door coupe received updated coil springs and dampers, as well as a larger rear stabilizer bar. Furthermore, extra reinforcements to the chassis were added to the strut tower braces, transmission cross-member plate and to the rear wheel housings to increase the car’s rigidity. The stability control system thresholds were also raised, while the “Sport” mode has been changed to “Track”.

Under the hood, the 2.0-liter boxer engine now has new valves, camshaft, cylinder heads, aluminum intake manifold and redesigned exhaust for better air flow. All these improvements have led to a slightly higher output of 205-hp and 156 lb-ft of torque and to a lively acceleration on models fitted with the manual transmission, thanks to a lower final drive ratio. For those who crave even for more, the 2017 BRZ offers a Performance Package for the Limited trim, which brings Brembo calipers and larger rotors on both front and rear brakes and new shock absorbers. Also included in the package are some unique 17-in x 7.5-in black aluminum alloy wheels.

Subaru BRZ 2017-2

From the design point of view, the front bumper cover has been redesigned for a widened appearance and placed lower. The sport coupe’s signature C-shaped headlights were upgraded to “kono-ji” style LED, a first for Subaru, and incorporate the turn signal, position light and the Daytime Running Lights, as standard. Also available in all trims is an aluminum rear spoiler in matching body color and black finish.

Stepping inside, the driver will find a 4.2-inch or a 6.2-inch LCD located on the right of the prominent tachometer, which display all sorts of info, such as G-forces, position of the gas pedal, braking force, steering angle, oil and water temperature and battery voltage, as well as an integrated stop watch for recording lap times.

The Premium and Limited 2017 BRZ will begin arriving at dealers in early September, while the Limited series with the Performance Package will not be available until the winter of 2017.