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2017 Subaru BRZ sports car gains performance and styling updates

By Jez Spinks, 27 May 2016 Car News

2017 Subaru BRZ

Engine tweaks bring modest power increase, suspension revised for better handling, and infotainment system upgraded

The Subaru BRZ has been given performance and styling updates for the 2017 model year.

Subaru’s sports car features more substantial changes compared with those introduced in 2015. The revised model is due here in October, just ahead of an updated version of its Toyota twin, the 86.

Tweaks made to the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and exhaust system are said to give an extra 5kW to lift maximum power to 152kW, with torque improving by 7Nm to 212Nm,  according to US-quoted outputs.

2017 Subaru BRZ rear

Engineers have also shortened the gearing to quicken acceleration of the six-speed manual version, though Subaru doesn’t state how much time is shaved from the current 7.6 seconds the BRZ takes to reach 100km/h from standstill.

A six-speed auto is again available as an optional transmission.

A new 6.2-inch colour touchscreen is a key upgrade that will help address criticisms of the outgoing model’s basic-looking infotainment system.

The instrument cluster also adopts a 4.2-inch LCD multifunction display, which sits next to the rev counter and provides a variety of information including lateral G-force, braking force, steering wheel angle and a stopwatch for lap timing.

A new steering wheel with a sportier look and feel, plus the addition of multifunction buttons, further helps to lift the quality of the BRZ’s cabin.

2017 Subaru BRZ interior

Externally, the Subaru BRZ adopts all-LED lights up front, with a single unit housing headlamps, indicator lenses, and daytime running lights. The tail-lights also move to LED.

Subaru says a lowered front bumper and an aluminium rear spoiler improve downforce.

BRZ engineers have aimed for even better handling through revised suspension, larger rear anti-roll bar, and a variety of stiffening measures including strut tower bracing.

A new Performance Package has been announced for the US market which includes more powerful Brembo brakes, performance shock absorbers from Sachs, and exclusive 17-inch black alloy wheels. Subaru Australia says it can’t confirm yet whether the option pack will be available in Australia.

The Subaru BRZ is currently priced from $37,150.