Subaru has updated the BRZ for 2017

Five years after it was first unveiled, Subaru has announced a mild refresh for the BRZ coupé.

Externally, the most obvious changes are a redesigned front bumper, different ten-spoke wheels and the addition of a raised rear spoiler. Furthermore, the BRZ becomes Subaru's first model to be fitted with LED headlights.

Subaru BRZ (2017) Front Side

Inside, the seats are still upholstered in leather and Alcantara, while better quality materials elsewhere elevate cabin ambience. There's a new smaller multi-function steering wheel, plus the instrument cluster gains a 4.2” LCD screen that displays fairly useless parameters such as steering angle, brake force and G-sensor readings.

Recalibrated damper settings are intended to control body roll, deliver more steering feel and enhance ride comfort. A 'Track' driving mode has been introduced to help take advantage of the improved chassis.

Subaru has resisted the temptation to increase the 2.0 litre, four-cylinder, normally-aspirated boxer engine's output. That means power remains at 197 bhp (147 kW / 200 PS) and either a manual or an automatic transmission can be specified.

However, numerous internal modifications could prove useful for aftermarket tuners. They include stronger cylinder blocks and lower-friction camshafts.

Interestingly, the entry-level SE trim grade is now defunct, so only the SE Lux will be available. Pricing for the 2017 BRZ has yet to be confirmed.

Subaru BRZ (2017) DashboardSubaru BRZ (2017) Rear Side

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