2017 Subaru BRZ Bags New Goodies and A Subtle Power Bump
It's makeover time for the 2017 Subaru BRZ.
With the Scion FR-S dead and gone, the road has been cleared for the Toyota 86 and Subaru's BRZ in the quest for new customers. We'll focus on the latter as the 2017MY brings new features to the table.
We'll ignore the "more aggressive, more powerful" story and skip right to the essentials. For 2017, Subaru BRZ gets updated coil springs and dampers plus a new stabilizer bar. Also, the ESC's 'Sport' mode is now known as 'Track,' to better illustrate the changes undergone by the engine on the BRZ.
On that note, the 2.0-liter boxer unit was tweaked by engineers with new valves, camshaft and cylinder heads. Power output was raised to 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, under the close supervision of a Torsen limited-slip differential.
Appearance-wise, the 2017 Subaru BRZ features new full-LED headlights, turn signals and position lights, while the DRLs were integrated into the new setup and are offered as standard equipment. Besides that, there's a new aluminum spoiler in charge with the BRZ's rear sex-appeal coupled with a set of 17-inch spoke alloy wheels.
There's also a Performance Package, which brings Brembo goodies in terms of brake calipers plus larger rotors both up front and at the rear. Clients will have to wait until next year for this bundle, but the good news is the BRZ goes on sale in September, although prices remain undisclosed for the time being.