It's about damn time.
Since the pair launched back in 2012, we've literally been begging Scion and Subaru to add more power to the FR-S and BRZ, respectively. These purist sports coupes (along with the overseas market Toyota GT86) have scored solid reviews overall, but sales have faltered lately and there's definitely room for various improvements. Fortunately, Motoring is reporting that an inside source has confirmed the cars will receive a mid-cycle facelift for 2017.
Details will trickle in over the next few months, but here are four improvements that we can definitely expect to see. 1. More aggressive styling: The front end and hood will be new as well as the rear bumper, diffuser and repositioned exhaust outlets. Expect hood vents as well. 2. Output from the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer four will increase from 200 hp to 208 hp thanks to a new intake manifold and other engine upgrades in order to reduce friction. Torque will remain at 151 lb-ft. 3. Improved fuel economy thanks to those engine updates.
4. Various chassis modifications, such as a reinforced rear suspension subframe for better rear-end rigidity, courtesy of Toyota motorsport partner Gazoo Racing. Overall ride quality will also be enhanced. These updates should carry the cars until around 2020-2021 when (or if) completely redesigned replacements will arrive.
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