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). The six-speed auto version is unchanged.
The four-year old BRZ gets a number of other changes designed to keep it sharp, including revised suspension, new cabin features including superior infotainment, and subtle design changes.
Exterior changes include revised front bumper and C-shaped headlights (with brand-first full LEDs), plus what Subaru purports to be an aircraft-inspired front spoiler, new 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and revised boot garnish.
Inside the cabin are new multi-information instruments with a mid-mounted tacho and a 4.2-inch screen on the right showing other information including speed, plus there are also nicer door panels, a new smaller leather steering wheel, knee pads and some new switchgear.
Another new feature is a 6.2-inch touchscreen with six speakers, Bluetooth and voice control functions. This is the system used in other Subarus, and is a huge step up over the ad-hoc solution used in the original BRZ.
As mentioned, the 2.0-litre atmo engine gets a 5kW/7Nm bump when paired with the manual gearbox. The higher power output in manual transmission variants is achieved mainly through a combination of reduced pressure loss and optimised intake efficiency.
Other engine changes are claimed to include increased cylinder block rigidity, greater piston durability, buffed and polished valve stems, low-friction finish for the camshaft, an optimised fuel pump drive cam, an optimised internal shape of rocker arm pivots, changed shape of the fuel system components, changed fuel pressure sensor, a new generation fuel pump, changed ECU hardware and a different engine harness.
Chassis tweaks include a thicker strut tower bar mounting bracket and transmission cross-member reinforcing plate, and more reinforcement in the rear wheel housing, while the struts and shocks have been tweaked. The front differential mount stoppers have also been tweaked to lower vibrations and help noise suppression, apparently.
There’s also a new Track mode that changes the parameters of the ESC.
The most important change to the MY17 Subaru BRZ — price — is the only thing we don’t yet know. The company says it will reveal all closer to the launch in November. The current pricing ranges from $37,150 to $38,650.
MY17 Subaru BRZ specs:
Automatic on/off headlights
Child seat tether anchor points + ISOFIX
Driver’s knee airbag
Dual front airbags
Dual side airbags
Full size spare wheel
LED high and low beam head lights; LED tail lightsAlloy pedals
AM/FM tuner CD player, six speakers, USB connectivity and Bluetooth
Automatic dual zone air conditioning
Bottle holders in front doors + two cup holders in centre console
Cargo area light
Central locking - remote
Centre console with one 12-Volt outlet – second outlet in glovebox
Fold-down one-piece rear seat
Height and reach adjustable steering column
Height adjustable driver’s seat
Hill Start Assist
Immobiliser security system
Leather wrapped steering wheel with red stitching
Leather wrapped gearshift knob and handbrake lever
Power steering, mirrors and windows
Push-button start and smart key entry
Remote fuel lid release – tethered fuel cap
Seatback pocket (passenger side)
Side sill cover (alloy)
Six speed manual transmission option
Six-speed automatic transmission option with paddle shift
Sport front seats – driver’s seat six-way manual adjustable
Two remote central locking smart keys
Vanity mirrors – front passenger and driver (illuminated)
17-inch alloy wheels – full size spare
Colour-coded mirrors and door handles
Daytime running lights
Engine, transmission and floor undercover
Front fog lights
Power folding door mirrors
Rear fog light
Rear roof mounted radio antenna
Anti-theft security system with engine immobiliser
Boot unlock on key
DataDot security technology
Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
Three years/60,000 kilometres Capped Price Servicing
Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty
Torsen Limited Slip Differential
2.0 litre DOHC horizontally opposed boxer engine with dual AVCS.