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Subaru BRZ facelifted for 2017

The BRZ Sports Coupe from Subaru has been updated - with exterior, interior, powertrain, suspension and safety features all refined.

Subaru says the Coupe shape remains, but has been enhanced with a wider, lower stance at the front end, stating this isn’t just for show - as the 45-degree stepped accent on the bumper limits airflow into the air intake, which improves handling and ride.

The BRZ’s front-end is finished off with full-LED headlights, a Subaru first, while newly design rear lamps and aerodynamic 'pedestal spoiler' top off the rear of the car. The wheels are now finished in a 10-spoke aluminium design.


Inside, a 4.2-inch colour LCD multi-information display has been added into the instrument panel. The display features a G force meter, steering angle gauge, brake force gauge, lap timer and torque/power curves. The steering wheel has also been redesigned into a smaller package with different leather to increase the driver’s grip for a more engaging experience and is finished off with audio control switches. Subaru says focus has been directed to upgrading the feel of components by using higher quality materials throughout the cabin, including Alcantara and leather seats.

The BRZ was built to deliver a linear driving feel, ensuring that the car responds exactly as the driver intended. Keeping this concept in mind, the BRZ’s suspension, engine and drivetrain have been refined to ‘further enhance its poised handling and driving experience’.

The strength of the cylinder blocks has been increased inside the Boxer engine and the camshaft have lower friction helping offer a more responsive, fuel efficient engine. The dampers have also been redesigned to reduce body roll, increase precision whilst cornering, as well as damping vibration, therefore delivering improved ride comfort whilst being 'dynamically focussed'.

For sporty drivers, a new TRACK mode enhances the stability of the car and allows for more refined accelerator inputs when driving on race circuits. On the safety front, there is also a next-generation advanced airbag system which uses upgraded sensors for a greater level of safety.

From Spring 2017, the BRZ will be available in SE Lux trim only with either a manual or automatic transmission.