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Subaru BRZ gains track-friendly updates

Upgrades across all areas of Sports Coupe.

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The Subaru BRZ sports coupe has been updated, with major changes across all areas of the car.

The upgrades come in the wake of an update to the Toyota GT86, the two effectively the same car.

Visually the BRZ now has a wider, lower front-end, designed Subaru says to limit the airflow into the front intake and improve ride and handling. LED headlamps are fitted for the first time, the rear lamps are redesigned as is the rear spoiler, and new 10-spoke alloy wheels fitted.

Various internal measures to the engine include a lower-friction camshaft and lighter rocker arms, plus polishing measures to the valve. The results are said to be more responsiveness and improved efficiency, though official figures have not yet been quoted.

Redesigned dampers improve cornering precision and reduce body roll, while cutting vibration for greater ride comfort.

A new track mode on the drive mode selector is specifically designed for driving on race circuits, while Hill Start Assist is also fitted. Also track focussed is a four-inch LCD information display on the instrument panel, showing a G force meter, steering angle gauge, brake force gauge, lap timer and torque/power curves.

A smaller steering wheel is fitted with audio controls now included on it, while the fit and finish of the cabin has been changed to give an impression of higher quality.

Prices for the 2017 model Subaru BRZ are yet to be announced.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.