...or a turbo.
Earlier in the year at the 2016 New York Auto Show Toyota reminded everyone that the FR-S was very much alive by showing off a refreshed version of the sports car with a new name, the 86. Since the 86 and BRZ are twins we assumed Subaru would soon debut its own refresh, speculation which was further fueled by leaked images purportedly of such a car. Well today the images here—all two of them—aren’t leaked and the news is official: The 2017 BRZ is here and it has five more horsepower!
The 2017 BRZ has a burly 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque on tap, provided you go for the six-speed manual. Wuss out and opt for the automatic and you get 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Now just because the BRZ only gains five horsepower doesn’t mean a lot didn’t happen under the hood. There are new valves, camshaft and cylinder heads. Subaru also threw in a new aluminum intake manifold and redesigned the exhaust manifold to up air flow. When it comes to handling the 2017 BRZ now offers updated coil springs and dampers and a beefy rear stabilizer bar. The rigidity of the chassis was upped with additional reinforcement added to the strut tower braces, transmission cross-member plate and rear wheel housings.
There are two trim levels, Premium and Limited. Both get an aluminum rear spoiler, LED headlights, daytime running lights, Incline Start Assist and 10-spoke 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. A 6.2-inch touch infotainment screen is also standard. There's also a new "Track" mode which replaces "Sport" mode in name only. Customers who opt for the Limited trim get a 4.2-inch LCD display screen next to the tach that shows cool info like your steering angle and lateral Gs and even offers a digital stopwatch function. The Limited also offers the aptly named Performance Package, which as you'd expect doesn’t add horsepower but does give you Brembo brake calipers and larger rotors front and back.
The package also includes SACHS Performance shock absorbers and special 17-inch black aluminum alloy wheels. Subaru only released two photos of the new BRZ so we can’t exactly critique the new look and features too much. The interior does look nice, though, and the car looks as sporty as ever…so there’s that. While everyone is constantly telling Subaru to put a turbo in the BRZ we thought the naturally aspirated setup in its evil twin, the FR-S, was just fine. Of course with a new generation comes new possibilities, so hopefully Subaru is at least considering an STI version of the BRZ. C’mon, guys, everyone is doing the high-po thing nowadays!