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