Updated Subaru BRZ revealed
Subaru’s rear-drive sports coupe gets a revamp, following Toyota’s update of the closely related GT86 earlier this year
The Subaru BRZ has been subjected to a thorough update, with tweaks to the styling – inside and out – engine, suspension and more.
The most notable revision to the BRZ isn’t a physical change on the car, but to the car’s spec sheet. From spring, when the facelifted car goes on sale, it will be available in only one trim level: SE Lux.
The current BRZ is available in two trim levels – SE and SE Lux – suggesting that the car’s entry-level price may rise from the £23,495 of the manual SE Navigation, to the £23,995 Subaru charges for the SE Lux, without navigation. 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 twin. Audio controls have been added on the wheel, and the interior now features Alcantara throughout.
Subaru claims that powertrain and suspension updates improve the car’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, said a Subaru spokesman.
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.