2017 Subaru BRZ – The 2017 Subaru BRZ is a superb handling sports car with big value for the dollar; it’s simply not very fast. The Subaru BRZ is a true sports car. New for the 2013 model year, and paired with an identical version sold as the Scion FR-S (and now as the Toyota 86), the BRZ is engineered for its layout and its driving experience more than comfort and utility.
2017 Subaru BRZ Review
The goal is to charm drivers searching for track-day fundamentals like near-perfect weight distribution, nimble handling, and a high-revving engine. Next to the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 86, there is nothing quite like it for the money.
2017 Subaru BRZ Redesign
A new Performance package also is available for 2017 BRZs equipped with the Limited trim level and the manual transmission. An $1195 option, it contains Sachs dampers, Brembo four-piston front calipers with two-pot fixed clampers in back (replacing the typical sliding calipers), bigger 12.8-inch front and 12.4-inch rear brake rotors (up by 1.2 and 1.0 inches), and 0.5-inch-wider wheels (wearing the same tires) to accommodate the larger stoppers. The optional dampers further improved body control through the speedways fast corners, and the steering was predictable though razor sharp. Entering the high-speed braking zone, it was immediately noticeable that the Brembos, with their better pedal feel and reduced fade, were superior to the conventional binders. The car still rides on slide-happy Michelin Primacy HP tires, and the brakes immediately overwhelm the available grip, leading to early ABS activation. As before, a BRZ owner heading for the track will need to select for more serious performance rubber.
2017 Subaru BRZ Interior
Both trim levels, Premium and Limited, have a 6.2-inch touchscreen, in-dash CD player with eight speakers, smartphone integration, and a backup camera. The Limited has dual-zone automatic climate control, while the Premiums is manual. A brand new Limited feature is the 4.2-inch LCD multifunction display only to the right of the tachometer, giving readouts for lateral gs, gas pedal position, braking force, steering angle, oil and water temps, and battery voltage. There’s also a stopwatches so you can record lap times. The Limiteds Performance Package is, in addition, new for 17 and comprises Brembo calipers and larger rotors front and rear, Sachs functionality shocks and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels. Start Support is now standard across the board on manual-equipped cars; it holds the auto on inclines so you don’t roll into the motorist behind you.
2017 Subaru BRZ Engine
What’s under the hood of the BRZ is by no means groundbreaking. It’s powered by a Subaru “fighter” engine horizontally opposed 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. The engine has been retuned on manual transmission models with a new intake and lower-friction parts to make 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet; automatic-equipped autos still turn in 200 hp and 151 lb-ft. It is a high-revving, relatively low-torque means to get around that doesn’t always inspire excursions to the drag strip, but if you keep the engine in its upper ranges you will be shimmying briskly through the corners. Power builds fast between 4,500 to 6,500 rpm, and the exhaust has the propensity to bark delightfully in a way that appears more recognizable to a tuned WRX.
Both of the transmissions in the BRZ do a good job in keeping it fun and keeping the revs up when needed, but it is the exact, short-throw 6-speed manual that we advocate. It is exact and engages its gears with the sticky touch of a fencer’s epee.
2017 Subaru BRZ Performance
Those who want an automatic won’t be let down by the 6-speed vehicle here, as it contains a sports mode that sharpens shifts, delays them, offers steering-wheel paddle shifters, and even gives you a rev-matched accelerator blip when you manually downshift. Additionally, with the automatic and sports mode, manually select a gear and it holds it, even at complete throttle detail that enthusiasts will appreciate.
2017 Subaru BRZ Video
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