Subaru's rear-wheel-drive sports coupé gets a revamp, following Toyota's update of the closely related GT86 last year

The facelifted Subaru BRZ has made its UK debut at today's Autosport International event, with the first right-hand-drive example displaying the sports coupé's minor styling tweaks.

New headlights now feature different day running lights, and the tail-lights are also new.The front bumper gets redesigned side vents, while the bootlid now has a small rear wing.

These minor aesthetic tweaks come with changes to the car's trim levels. When it goes on sale in the spring, the 2017 BRZ will be available in only one specification, SE Lux.

Read our review of the Subaru BRZ here

The outgoing BRZ is available in two trim levels – SE Navigation and SE Lux - suggesting that the car’s entry-level price may rise from the £24,550 of the manual SE, to the £26,050 Subaru charges for the SE Lux. Prices have not yet been released for the facelifted car, however.

On the inside, a 4.2in screen has been added to the instrument panel, displaying functions associated with track driving such as a lap timer, brake and g-force readout. There's also a new, smaller-diameter steering wheel, similar to that applied to the BRZ's Toyota GT86 sister. Audio controls have been added onto the wheel, and the interior now features Alcantara throughout.

Read our review of the Toyota GT86 here

Subaru claims that powertrain and suspension updates improve the BRZ's handling. The strength of the engine block has been increased, while the rocker arms have been reduced in weight and friction has been reduced on the camshaft. All of these, Subaru claims, contribute to greater fuel efficiency, although official figures are still to be confirmed.

The suspension has been fettled to transmit fewer vibrations into the cabin than before, as well as allowing the car to corner flatter through corners. A Track mode has also been added to the car’s drive mode selector. 

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The Subaru BRZ 2+2 coupé is the marque's own product from its collaboration with Toyota, which also resulted in the GT86

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6 December 2016
Enthusiasts cry out for cars like these and then nobody buys them, so manufacturers don't bother again for a generation or two ... This is a nailed on cert for being a future classic, but is right in the shadow of the GT-86, and yet I consider this to be the original and the Toyota the partner who is benefiting with their copy. These seem liek worthy updates, and I love that new steering wheel. This is almost certainly Subaru's best car, and I think it's a bit of a bargain for the money ... very tempting if I was in the market as a hot-hatch alternative.
The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

6 December 2016
Upon first click and whilst squinting I could've sworn I was looking at a white Porsche Cayman/911.
Would like a bit more torque for the day to day stuff so could you stick a Turbo in it please Mr Subaru, afterwhich I'm sure it would steal a few TT sales!
Hope it does well as so many people were gagging for such a car and I think it now looks better than the aforementioned Audi

 

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6 December 2016
xxxx wrote:

Upon first click and whilst squinting I could've sworn I was looking at a white Porsche Cayman/911.
Would like a bit more torque for the day to day stuff so could you stick a Turbo in it please Mr Subaru, afterwhich I'm sure it would steal a few TT sales!
Hope it does well as so many people were gagging for such a car and I think it now looks better than the aforementioned Audi

You need to lay off the red wine.

And why even give it a model designation when there's only one version?

6 December 2016
Really wanted to love these when they came out and i know its all about the handling but the torque they produce is poor and it's just embarrassing not being able to catch your common turbo diesel hatch through the midrange . Time for that manufacturer provided turbo , I've heard Subaru know a wee bit about turbos...

6 December 2016
The slightly refeshed BRZ looks youthful since its 2012 launch. It represents the good old days of pure sporting cars such as the Toyota MR2, Nissan Silvia and even Mitsubishi FTO. What worries me is that not many people appreciate such cars because it is... weak.

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6 December 2016
This has always been brilliant fun. I wish it was so successful that every maker was forced to jump on the bandwagon.

But... ...the back seats are just too tight for legroom. While you can do the school run in any warm or hot hatch, in this you really can't. Even with the front seat set for me at 5'8" with short legs, my 5 & 6 year olds don't fit behind. There's nowhere for their feet to go.

Also - a small but very irritating thing on a daily basis - having folded the front seat to let a kid into the back, the backrest doesn't return to its starting rake position i.e. where you want it for the driver. It's leaning miles forward, so you can't get in without messing around again with the rake lever, and then have to find your rake all over again. Who's going to do that every time at the back seat is used? Ridiculous.

So it's not convenient enough as a 2nd family car, and it's not fast or special enough to be chosen as a 3rd by the few that can.

Please Subaru-Toyota, make it work as a 2nd family car :
- Give it thinner front seat backs & less sculpted rear cushions to pinch 4-5 inches of extra rear legroom
-Fix the stupid front seat folding mechanism

I think you'd be closer to having a sales winner, for relatively small changes. Anyone got any other thoughts?

6 December 2016
I've had a BRZ SE Lux for six months and I'd agree that the rear seat is a little on the small side but yes it is possible to get a smallish adult in the rear seat, I've done it in mine and yes I'm almost six feet, I must admit that they weren't too comfortable when they got out. problem is that with two small children in car seats their feet are just in the wrong place. It's not that suitable for a second car so the solution is simple, use the your first car. In my opinion if you made the BRZ/GT86 more family friendly or more powerful you'd ruin the purity of the car as it is a very special car indeed and well worth putting up with it's minor niggles for the experience of driving it

6 December 2016
I've had a BRZ SE Lux for six months and I'd agree that the rear seat is a little on the small side but yes it is possible to get a smallish adult in the rear seat, I've done it in mine and yes I'm almost six feet, I must admit that they weren't too comfortable when they got out. problem is that with two small children in car seats their feet are just in the wrong place. It's not that suitable for a second car so the solution is simple, use the your first car. In my opinion if you made the BRZ/GT86 more family friendly or more powerful you'd ruin the purity of the car as it is a very special car indeed and well worth putting up with it's minor niggles for the experience of driving it

BRZ

6 December 2016
Subaru should add a turbo, and erm... one of those performance things... I think it's called a turbo. A turbo would be great. I'll spell it... a "turbo".

And a... higher final drive... and did I mention A TURBO!

Then I'll buy one... but only if it's got a turbo

BRZ

6 December 2016
Did I remember to say that I'll buy one, if it's a turbo?

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