The Toyota 86 was refreshed earlier this year with our former Car of the Year getting a revised interior, a tweak to the suspension and the naturally aspirated four-pot going from 200 horses to 205. Now, it’s the other Toyobaru twin’s turn to get a similar update.
Starting with the BRZ’s chassis, it gets revised springs and shocks along with a larger rear anti-roll bar. The transmission cross-member and rear wheel housing has been reinforced, too, and since Subaru has renamed the ‘Sport’ mode to ‘Track’ it’s clearly confident that the updated chassis will provide far better handling than before.
However, enthusiasts hoping to see a turbo will be disappointed; the 2017 model retains the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder — but it too has been improved with new valves, camshafts and cylinder heads. Along with a new aluminium intake manifold, and exhaust system, the BRZ — like the 86 — makes 205 horses (up from 200) and 211Nm of torque (up from 205Nm).
That isn’t the end of it, though. For customers who spend a considerable amount of time on the track (that really should be everyone who owns either of these cars...), they will be pleased to know that the updated BRZ can be had with a Performance Package available on Limited models with the six-speed manual transmission.
This option also adds far better stopping power thanks to Brembo brakes in all four corners, along with Sachs shock absorbers and it rides on special 17in black aluminium alloys.
On the looks front, the refreshed model features a new front bumper, LED head- and taillights (along with daytime running lights) and a body coloured aluminium rear wing.
The cabin has been spruced up, too; Limited models get lots of Alcantara trim, a 4.2in LCD gauge display (it shows you all sorts of information including lateral Gs, accelerator pedal position, brake force, steering angle, oil temp and lap timer) a 6.2in touchscreen, a new leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, HD radio, Bluetooth, and a rear-view camera.