Earlier today, we told you about Subaru’s refreshed 2017 BRZ with improved handling, a few extra horses, new features and some styling tweaks, and now, we can share some additional photos and the first video of the coupe.
Most of the upgrades and updates on the 2017 BRZ are common with the facelifted Scion FR-S that will be sold as the Toyota 86 after the demise of the Scion brand this fall.
Subaru promises enhanced performance for the 6-speed manual model that gets a lower final drive ratio from 4.1 to 4.3:1 along with a 5hp and 5-lb-ft boost to 205hp and 156 lb-ft of torque respectively for its 2.0L boxer engine, thanks to a new aluminum intake manifold and redesigned exhaust manifold for increased air flow. The 6sp automatic version retains the outgoing model’s 200hp and 151 lb-ft four-pot.
All models gets a revised chassis with updated coil springs and dampers along with a larger rear stabilizer bar, reinforced strut tower braces, transmission cross-member plate and rear wheel housings, plus increased thresholds for the stability control system. An Incline Start Assist system that prevents the car from rolling back now comes as standard.
Those demanding better handling can opt for the Performance Package that’s available on the Limited trim with a 6sp manual transmission and which adds Brembo calipers and larger rotors on all four corners, SACHS Performance shocks and bespoke 17-inch black alloy wheels.
Like Toyota with its 86, Subaru made some subtle tweaks to the BRZ’s appearance, mainly on the front end with a redesigned bumper and headlamps that now incorporate DRLs and optional LED fog lights, while at the back, it gets the same LED tail lamps as the 86 along with an aluminum spoiler. There are new alloy wheel designs too. Completing the styling tweaks are some mild changes inside, such as the 4.2-in LCD display placed to the right of the tachometer, a redesigned steering wheel with new controls and an updated HVAC control panel.
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