2017 Subaru BRZ Specs Confirmed Ahead of Australian Launch
Details of the MY17 Subaru BRZ have been revealed and it’s good news for manual drivers as power boosts are confirmed.
Ahead of its planned Australian launch in November, the 2017 Subaru BRZ has been revealed, and it features a raft of major changes.
While we still don’t know pricing details, the technical improvements are enough to get us excited, and they affirm that Subaru has been working hard to enhance the driving experiences of one of the most acclaimed, mass-production sports coupes in the world.
For starters, the six-speed manual versions of the MY17 BRZ, like their upgraded Toyota 86 twins, get power and torque boosts thanks to engine, intake and exhaust “tweaks”. So while their automatic-driving counterparts are making do with 147kW and 205Nm of power and torque respectively, manual drivers will enjoy 152kW and 212Nm.
The reason, according to Subaru, why it’s only the manual versions that have received power boosts is because owner feedback suggested that owners of automatic models were content with the existing power figures.
Styling wise, the most obvious revision is to the MY17 BRZ’s front end, which boasts a new look, bumper and C-shaped LED headlights – a brand first. New 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and a sleeker rear end finish off the BRZ’s transformation.
Inside, the BRZ gets a fresh, new instrument panel, new inner door panels and a slightly smaller, completely round steering wheel, which is wrapped in leather. A new 4.2-inch LCD sits just to the right of the tacho and displays additional information for the driver. There’s also an updated infotainment system which features a 6.2-inch touchscreen, six speakers, as well as bluetooth and voice control functions.
Perhaps the most exciting updates are the MY17 BRZ’s new suspension tune, which has been calibrated for “stability and comfort”, and a new track driving mode which sees a remapped ESC allow the car to slide. Subaru says, though, that “additional insurance” has been put in place which steps in should things get a little out of hand.
Even though local pricing is yet to be confirmed, significant hikes aren’t expected.
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