The updated Subaru BRZ is set to follow closely in the footsteps of its Toyota 86 twin, but the latest wave of information adds some of the finer details of Subaru’s take on the shared rear-wheel-drive sports car.
Overseas two versions of the BRZ will be offered (the Australian BRZ currently comes in a single spec), Premium and Limited, with both serving up the same mechanical specification.
For 2017, those upgrades include a stiffened chassis thanks to modified strut-tower braces, a transmission crossmember plate, and modified rear wheel housings - changes that will also occur on the 86.
The BRZ will also feature modifications to springs and dampers, with a larger rear sway bar, designed to improve the car’s already highly finessed handling balance.
The stability control system has also been revised, with a set of higher thresholds designed to boost the fun factor before the electronic safety-net kicks in. To reflect the new capabilities, Subaru has renamed the Sport mode to "Track" - indicating an even bigger grin factor is just a button-push away.
Under the bonnet the Subaru will carry the same changes as the Toyota, meaning that manual versions boast an extra 4kW and 9Nm, bringing outputs up to 151kW and 214Nm.
Hardware changes include a new aluminium intake-manifold, redesigned exhaust manifold, plus new internals, including valves, camshafts and cylinder heads.
Automatic BRZ’s will retain their current 147kW and 205Nm state of tune.
Buyers who choose the up-spec Limited specification will also be offered the option of a Performance Package which brings upgraded Sachs shock absorbers, Brembo brake calipers, larger front and rear rotors, and unique 17-inch black alloy wheels.
Other BRZ changes include redesigned front and rear bumpers, new front and rear lighting, and a new multi-function steering wheel.
Infotainment systems are also to be updated (Australian spec cars may differ), with new app smartphone integration, plus Bluetooth connectivity and digital radio.
Full Australian details for the BRZ in Australia will be released closer to the 2017 model’s launch towards the end of this year.
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