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The updated 2017 Subaru BRZ has been unveiled in the US ahead of its launch down-under later this year.

At both ends, Subaru’s changes are less radical than those wrought by Toyota on the 86, with tweaks focussed largely on the front bumper and the rear lamps.

The car’s full LED headlights now get bolder daytime lights, while the front bumper has been reshaped with more aggressive-looking faux air intake openings.

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In the States, all BRZ trim levels now come fitted with a colour-coded aluminium rear spoiler as standard. Out the back there’s also a new set of full-LED tail-lights and a new garnish above the licence plate area.

Top-spec models also feature 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, and a 4.2-inch multifunction screen within the tachometer that includes a stopwatch, and the ability to display lateral Gs, braking force, steering angle, and oil and water temperature.

Other changes to the interior include a redesigned leather steering wheel that incorporates audio controls, a revised panel for the climate control system, and BRZ embroidery on the front seats.

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Behind the scenes, the BRZ’s rigidity is improved by reinforcements made to the rear wheel housings, strut tower braces, and transmission crossmember. The BRZ also features updated springs and dampers, and a larger rear stabiliser bar.

Like its Toyota-branded sibling, the BRZ’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine has had its output increased to 153kW for cars equipped with the standard six-speed manual. Manual cars also feature a Torsen limited-slip differential, as well as a new lower final drive ratio of 4.3:1

American buyers of manual BRZ coupes can also opt for a performance package that includes larger disc brakes, Brembo callipers, and Sachs shock absorbers.

Australia

David Rowley, communications manager for Subaru Australia, has confirmed with CarAdvice that the updated BRZ will go on sale here early in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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