The Subaru BrZ, known for its ultra-low center of gravity and precision handling, offers several updates to increase its performance on the track and the open road. For improved responsiveness, stability and comfort, BRZ adds updated coil springs and dampers as well as a larger rear stabilizer bar. Additional reinforcements added to the chassis are behind the strut tower braces, and to the transmission cross-member plate and rear wheel housings to increase rigidity. The stability control system thresholds are raised to allow the driver to experience more of the car’s improved handling, and in “Sport” mode the results were dramatic enough for Subaru to change the name of “Sport” mode to “Track”.
A new aluminum intake manifold and redesigned exhaust manifold increase air flow, upping the engine output in models with the 6-speed manual transmission to 205-hp and 211 Nm (156 lb-ft )of torque. Also, a lower final drive ratio from 4.1 to 4.3:1 paired with the standard Torsen limited-slip differential, improves acceleration on models with the manual transmission.
In addition to LED headlights and rear combination lights and Daytime Running Lights, all trims receive Incline Start Assist that holds the vehicle momentarily in position while the driver accelerates to prevent roll back on an incline. Also new to BRZ are steering wheel control switches for audio, cruise control and Bluetooth.
A new aluminum rear spoiler in matching body color and black finish is now standard on all lines. The new pedestal design improves the vehicle’s downforce, which in turn improves stability and control. The Premium and Limited models receive a new 10-spoke, 17-in aluminum alloy wheel with a high-contrast black and machined finish. For an additional $1,195, the BRZ can be souped up to a Performance version.
Two available trim levels for the BRZ are the Premium edition which includes the Subaru STARLINK 6.2-inch Multimedia system. The Limited Edition takes up: LED fog lights, standard heated front seats, exterior mirrors, Keyless Entry wuth Push Start, paddle shifters, Alcantara seats, leather bolsters, red stitching and a 4.2-in LCD multi-function display.
The BRZ Series.Yellow is immediately recognizable by a striking yellow exterior, black badging and exterior mirrors as well as 17-inch black aluminu wheels. The brake system has been upgraded to Brembo four-piston calipers and rotors on the front and dual-piston calipers and rotors on the rear. Additionally. SACHS Performance shock absorbers have been added to all four wheels for improved handling and steering stability.
The Series.Yellow offers black leather and Alcantara upholstery with yellow stitching throughout the interior including seats, door and dash panels, steering, knee pads and shifter boot. The front seatbacks are also embroidered with a yellow BRZ logo. The final touch for this model is the carpeted floor mats with yellow stitching and a silver embroidered BRZ logo.
Roll-out for the new BRZ range is set for September and price starts from $25,495.