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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for November 4, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

2017 Subaru BRZ pricing and specs: Facelifted sports car available from $32,990

Local pricing and specifications for the facelifted 2017 Subaru BRZ range have been revealed, bringing price cuts, more power and extra kit to the Toyota 86 twin. Now starting at $32,990 plus on-road costs for the BRZ manual ($34,990 auto), the 2017 model is $1230 cheaper than its predecessor in manual form and $1735 less with the automatic...

Subaru BRZ replacement: still no word on second-generation sports coupe

Will there be a second-generation Subaru BRZ? There’s no word either way, just yet, according to the Japanese brand. The two-door sports coupe co-developed and produced by Toyota and Subaru is a few years into its lifecycle now, with a mid-term facelift just a few months away from launching in Australia...

2017 Subaru BRZ revealed, Australian launch in November

The updated 2017 Subaru BRZ sports car has been revealed, ahead of a slated Australian premiere in November this year. Mirroring its upgraded Toyota 86 twin that launches around the same time, six-speed manual versions of the MY17 Subaru BRZ get power and torque boosts, from 147kW to 152kW (at 7000rpm), and 205Nm to 212Nm (between 6400 and 6800rpm)...

Subaru BRZ never going to get local division rich, but important for attracting customers

Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior has told CarAdvice that while the Subaru BRZ is never going to be a volume-seller for the brand locally, the rear-wheel-drive sports car still aligns with the manufacturer's philosophy and, in fact, plays an important role in attracting non-core customers to the predominantly all-wheel-drive marque...

2017 Subaru BRZ unveiled, Australian debut later this year

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...

2017 Subaru BRZ revealed in workshop photos: Australian launch due later this year

Photos of the newly refreshed 2017 Subaru BRZ have surfaced online today, just days after the significantly re-styled 2017 Toyota 86 made its official debut. These photos, posted to enthusiast site FT86club.com after purportedly appearing on the Facebook profile of a smaller fan group, appear to have been snapped in a workshop or testing facility...

Subaru prototyping mid-engined sports car - report

Work has begun on a prototype that could become a new mid-engined successor to the Subaru BRZ, according to a report out of the US this week. The prototype, said to be a response to dealers looking for “something special”, would be worlds away from Subaru’s familiar image. But, then, talk of the BRZ was once viewed in a similar light...

Subaru WRX, WRX STI and BRZ Hyper Blue specials on sale in Australia

Subaru Australia has launched the special Hyper Blue versions of its WRX, WRX STI and BRZ sports cars this week, following news of their coming back in August. As promised, availability of the new limited-edition variants is restricted to a total of 300 units, made up 200 CVT-equipped WRX Premium, 50 manual WRX STI Premium and 50 manual and automatic BRZ models...

Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ facelift spy photos

A facelifted version of the Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ has been caught testing in Europe by our spy photographers. With just the front and rear bumpers covered in disguise, it's clear that this update won't do anything to drastic to the coupe's design. It's not entirely clear which brand's car we're looking at here...

Subaru WRX, WRX STI and BRZ limited edition Hyper Blue models coming to Australia

A batch of limited edition Subaru WRX Premium, Subaru WRX STI and Subaru BRZ models will arrive in Australia from October with an eye-catching new colour known as Hyper Blue. There will be 300 limited edition Subaru sports models going on sale in Australia consisting of: 200 WRX Premium with the Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission; 50 WRX STI Premium with the manual transmission; and 50 BRZs with the option pack (including leather/Alcantara front seats with heating), in auto and manual...