Subaru has refreshed the BRZ, sister vehicle to Toyota’s GT86
(formerly Scion FR-S). Enthusiasts of the model will however be
surprised to learn that not much has changed in terms of power
output. The automaker has only added 5 hp and 5 lb-ft of
torque. Compared to the outgoing model, this is not much
significant. This means there would be no sub-four seconds
acceleration from 0-60 mph as many enthusiasts anticipated. The
automaker has also added some other new changes to keep the
model fresh before the next-gen is released. Overall, the model
retains its low center of gravity, light curb weight and superb
handling. Many enthusiasts love the model’s affordable price.
Read along for more about 2017 Subaru BRZ :
2017 Subaru BRZ Exterior
The 2017 Subaru BRZ is largely unchanged except for some visual
upgrades. At the front, the sports car still features the
same wide radiator grille. A long insert runs along the top
edge of the grille. The hood is also identical to that of the
However, the headlights have been revised for a different look
which has been achieved by use of a new LED light strip. The
front fascia also features wider corner vents while the
fascia’s front lip curves upwards to give the vents a 3D look.
The Premium and Limited trim feature LED fog lights which
replace halogen units.
The only change on the flanks compared to the outgoing models
is the new 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. At the rear,
the upper trims feature a body colored rear spoiler and LED
taillights. Everything else is identical to the outgoing
models. You can however add aftermarket body kits to make your
BRZ look more aggressive.
2017 Subaru BRZ Interior
The cabin is not that much different from that of the outgoing
model. Generally, the cabin has a black theme with a red
contrast stitching. There are silver inserts on the doors
panels, on the sides of the center stack and around the shifter
However, there are a couple of new changes. Upfront, the
Premium and Limited trim features a new leather insert with a
red contrast stitching in place of the grey-colored plastic
insert on outgoing models. The automaker has hooked up Premium
trim models with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a
contrasting red stitching. The steering wheel also features new
Bluetooth and audio controls.
The Limited trim features simulated leather with red contrast
stitching on the doors and Alcantara seat inserts. The
instrument cluster has also been revised. It features a
4.2-inch screen which displays important information about the
vehicle to the driver. The Premium and Limited trims get a
6.2-inch infotainment system. The system features Smartphone
integration for both Pandora and Aha.
Other features are carried over unchanged from the outgoing
model. Overall, the cabin is not bad considering the model’s
affordable price tag.
Engine specs and performance
Under the hood, Subaru has retained the same engine that
powered the outgoing model. The unit is a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder
mill. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed
automatic transmission system. Models with a manual system have
received an additional 5 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque which means
the engine now produces 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque.
This is courtesy of increased airflow and reduced internal
friction. Like Toyota, Subaru seems not to be concerned by
complaints about the sports car’s lack of power, complaints
that will continue despite this little power hike.
However, enthusiasts will love the addition of a Performance
Package which is offered on models with a manual gearbox on the
Limited trim. The package features enhanced Brembo
brakes, Sachs ZF shock absorbers and new 17-inch alloy wheels
wrapped with 215/45R-17 tires.
Price and release date
The base 2.0 Premium BRZ with a manual transmission system has
an MSRP of $25,495. The top-of-the-range 2.0 Limited trim with
a manual gearbox attracts an MSRP of $27,645 while one with an
automatic transmission fetches $28,745.
On the other hand, the limited-edition 2.0 Yellow Series has an
MSRP of $29,695. The above prices are exclusive of an $820
destination charge. The optional Performance Package is
available at an extra cost of $1,195. The prices represent only
$100 increase over the outgoing model.
The 2017 Subaru BRZ will face competition from a number of
models including its identical sister, the Toyota GT86
Scion FR-S). Other competitors include the Hyundai Genesis
Coupe and Mazda