Subaru has refreshed the BRZ, sister vehicle to Toyota’s GT86 (formerly Scion FR-S). Enthusiasts of the model will however be surprised to learn that not much has changed in terms of power output. The automaker has only added 5 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the outgoing model, this is not much significant. This means there would be no sub-four seconds acceleration from 0-60 mph as many enthusiasts anticipated. The automaker has also added some other new changes to keep the model fresh before the next-gen is released. Overall, the model retains its low center of gravity, light curb weight and superb handling. Many enthusiasts love the model’s affordable price. Read along for more about 2017 Subaru BRZ :
2017 Subaru BRZ Exterior
The 2017 Subaru BRZ is largely unchanged except for some visual upgrades. At the front, the sports car still features the same wide radiator grille. A long insert runs along the top edge of the grille. The hood is also identical to that of the outgoing models.
However, the headlights have been revised for a different look which has been achieved by use of a new LED light strip. The front fascia also features wider corner vents while the fascia’s front lip curves upwards to give the vents a 3D look. The Premium and Limited trim feature LED fog lights which replace halogen units.
The only change on the flanks compared to the outgoing models is the new 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. At the rear, the upper trims feature a body colored rear spoiler and LED taillights. Everything else is identical to the outgoing models. You can however add aftermarket body kits to make your BRZ look more aggressive.
2017 Subaru BRZ Interior
The cabin is not that much different from that of the outgoing model. Generally, the cabin has a black theme with a red contrast stitching. There are silver inserts on the doors panels, on the sides of the center stack and around the shifter boot.
However, there are a couple of new changes. Upfront, the Premium and Limited trim features a new leather insert with a red contrast stitching in place of the grey-colored plastic insert on outgoing models. The automaker has hooked up Premium trim models with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a contrasting red stitching. The steering wheel also features new Bluetooth and audio controls.
The Limited trim features simulated leather with red contrast stitching on the doors and Alcantara seat inserts. The instrument cluster has also been revised. It features a 4.2-inch screen which displays important information about the vehicle to the driver. The Premium and Limited trims get a 6.2-inch infotainment system. The system features Smartphone integration for both Pandora and Aha.
Other features are carried over unchanged from the outgoing model. Overall, the cabin is not bad considering the model’s affordable price tag.
Engine specs and performance
Under the hood, Subaru has retained the same engine that powered the outgoing model. The unit is a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder mill. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission system. Models with a manual system have received an additional 5 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque which means the engine now produces 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque.
This is courtesy of increased airflow and reduced internal friction. Like Toyota, Subaru seems not to be concerned by complaints about the sports car’s lack of power, complaints that will continue despite this little power hike.
However, enthusiasts will love the addition of a Performance Package which is offered on models with a manual gearbox on the Limited trim. The package features enhanced Brembo brakes, Sachs ZF shock absorbers and new 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 215/45R-17 tires.
Price and release date
The base 2.0 Premium BRZ with a manual transmission system has an MSRP of $25,495. The top-of-the-range 2.0 Limited trim with a manual gearbox attracts an MSRP of $27,645 while one with an automatic transmission fetches $28,745.
On the other hand, the limited-edition 2.0 Yellow Series has an MSRP of $29,695. The above prices are exclusive of an $820 destination charge. The optional Performance Package is available at an extra cost of $1,195. The prices represent only $100 increase over the outgoing model.
The 2017 Subaru BRZ will face competition from a number of models including its identical sister, the Toyota GT86 (formerly Scion FR-S). Other competitors include the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Mazda MX-5 Miata.