Subaru Of America, Inc.
2017 SUBARU BRZ BRINGS HIGHER PERFORMANCE, UPDATED STYLING AND EXCITING SERIES.YELLOW LIMITED EDITION
Cherry Hill, N.J., Oct 24, 2016
Subaru of America Inc. has introduced the comprehensively revised BRZ for 2017, giving its rear-drive sports car improved handling, increased performance, more aggressive styling and new convenience features. These enhancements reinforce the company’s mission of offering enthusiasts a pure sports car driving experience.
When equipped with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, the 2017 Subaru BRZ features a revised 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine, now with 205 hp and 156 lb-ft peak torque, vs. 200 hp and 151 lb-ft for the carryover engine used with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission. The revised engine delivers more low-end and midrange torque than before, and, combined with the new 4.30:1 axle ratio (vs. 4.10 before) in the Torsen® limited-slip differential, delivers quicker acceleration and enhanced responsiveness.
Numerous internal updates to the 2.0-liter engine reduce friction, including new valves, camshafts and revised cylinder block. An aluminum intake manifold is coated with red heat dissipating paint, and the exhaust system is a new high-flow design.
The BRZ, already renowned for its ultra-low center of gravity and precision handling, offers several updates to increase its performance on the road and track. For improved responsiveness, stability and comfort, BRZ received updated coil springs and dampers as well as a larger rear stabilizer bar. Additional reinforcements added to the strut tower braces, transmission cross-member plate and the rear wheel housings increase vehicle rigidity. The stability control system thresholds were raised to further improve handling, with the results significant enough for Subaru to change the name of Sport mode to Track.
Newly standard Incline Start Assist helps prevent roll back on an incline as the driver begins to accelerate from a stop.
New Performance Package
For track driving, Subaru offers a new Performance Package for the 2017 BRZ Limited with the 6-speed manual transmission. This comprehensive chassis upgrade features SACHS® Performance shock absorbers to enhance handling and steering stability and wider alloy wheels (17-in x 7.5-in aluminum versus the standard 17-in x 7.0-in). A high-performance braking system using Brembo® rotors, 4-piston front calipers and 2-piston calipers enhances stopping power, fade resistance, and pedal feel.
BRZ Series.Yellow Special Edition
Based on the BRZ Limited equipped with the new Performance Package, the BRZ Series.Yellow is the most exciting BRZ yet. Limited to 500 cars, the BRZ Series.Yellow is immediately recognizable by its brilliant yellow exterior, unique black alloy wheels, black BRZ and SUBARU badging, and black foldable exterior mirrors. (The Performance Package Series.Yellow special edition become available in winter 2017.)
The Series.Yellow features black leather and Alcantara® upholstery with contrasting yellow stitching throughout the interior including seats, door and dash panels, steering wheel, knee pads and shifter boot. The front seatbacks are embroidered with a yellow BRZ logo, and the final touch is the carpeted floor mats with yellow stitching and a silver embroidered BRZ logo.
Subaru preserved the classic GT coupe proportions of the BRZ, accentuating its sporty shape for 2017 with bolder details. The front bumper cover was redesigned for a widened appearance and positioned lower for improved aerodynamics, control, and stability. The signature “kono-ji” style headlights have been upgraded to LED for improved light output and reduced power consumption. This new full-LED design, a first for Subaru, incorporates the turn signals and Daytime Running Lights (DRL). The available fog lights are now also LED, allowing a more compact design and enhancing visibility.
All BRZ models feature a new aluminum rear spoiler in body color on the sides and black finish on the horizontal surface. The new pedestal design improves downforce, which in turn helps improve stability and control. As with the headlights, the rear combination lights have been updated to full LED for better visibility and energy efficiency. On both the Premium and Limited, a new 10-spoke, 17-in aluminum alloy wheel design features a high-contract black and machined finish, and both models get a new garnish above the rear license plate.
Subaru also applied key updates to the cockpit. New for the Limited model is a 4.2-in LCD multifunction display positioned to the right of the prominent tachometer. This driver information readout provides access to vehicle performance including lateral Gs, accelerator pedal position, braking force, steering angle, oil and water temperature, and battery voltage as well as an integrated stopwatch for recording lap times. The redesigned leather-wrapped steering wheel has a firmer, sportier feel along with new audio controls and multifunction display switches for greater control and convenience while driving. Interior upgrades to the Limited also include a wrapped instrument cluster visor, updated climate control panel, and “BRZ” embroidered in red on the front seatbacks.
Premium and Limited Trim Levels
Subaru once again offers the BRZ in Premium and Limited trims, both upholding the brand’s tradition of outstanding value with their long list of standard amenities. Key among these is the standard SUBARU STARLINK™ 6.2” Multimedia system that includes:
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