Updated Subaru BRZ makes UK debut at Autosport International
Subaru’s rear-wheel-drive sports coupé gets a revamp, following Toyota’s update of the closely related GT86 last year
The facelifted Subaru BRZ has made its UK debut at today’s Autosport International event, with the first right-hand-drive example displaying the sports coupé’s minor styling tweaks.
New headlights now feature different day running lights, and the tail-lights are also new.The front bumper gets redesigned side vents, while the bootlid now has a small rear wing.
These minor aesthetic tweaks come with changes to the car’s trim levels. When it goes on sale in the spring, the 2017 BRZ will be available in only one specification, SE Lux.
The outgoing BRZ is available in two trim levels – SE Navigation and SE Lux – suggesting that the car’s entry-level price may rise from the £24,550 of the manual SE, to the £26,050 Subaru charges for the SE Lux. Prices have not yet been released for the facelifted car, however.
On the inside, a 4.2in screen has been added to the instrument panel, displaying functions associated with track driving such as a lap timer, brake and g-force readout. There’s also a new, smaller-diameter steering wheel, similar to that applied to the BRZ’s Toyota GT86 sister. Audio controls have been added onto the wheel, and the interior now features Alcantara throughout.
Subaru claims that powertrain and suspension updates improve the BRZ’s handling. The strength of the engine block has been increased, while the rocker arms have been reduced in weight and friction has been reduced on the camshaft. All of these, Subaru claims, contribute to greater fuel efficiency, although official figures are still to be confirmed.
The suspension has been fettled to transmit fewer vibrations into the cabin than before, as well as allowing the car to corner flatter through corners. A Track mode has also been added to the car’s drive mode selector.