Updated 2017 Subaru BRZ Officially Revealed

It's been over one month since Toyota revealed the mid-life facelift for its Scion FR-S, now being sold in America as an 86. Subaru has also updated the BRZ and today we have official photos to delight ourselves with.
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To be honest, we already knew what to expect. The design of the facelift had been previously leaked. The gist of this transformation revolves around squared LED headlight accents and the aero parts of the BRZ STI concept.

But the 2017 BRZ also features an all-new track mode and extra features that give it everyday usability. If you began reading this story hoping to find the word 'turbo,' we are sad to inform you that you'll be disappointed. The 2-liter boxer engine remains naturally aspirated, but it has received new valves, camshaft and cylinder heads.

The intake and exhaust have also been tweaked, helping to bring the total output to 205 PS and 156 lb-ft (211 Nm). So as to better compete with the Mazda MX-5, the 6-speed manual gearbox now has a lower final drive ratio of 4.1 (down from 4.3 to one).

As standard, the performance of the 2017 BRZ has been pushed in the right direction by updated coil springs and dampers, as well as a larger rear stabilizer bar. Subaru has also added rigidity by playing with the tower brace, transmission cross-member plate, and the rear wheel housings. This is typical Japanese engineering at its finest.

If you plan on spending a lot of time at the track, you might want to think about the Performance Package, which includes Brembo brakes with larger rotors, SACHS Performance shock absorbers, and 17-inch black alloys.

Arriving in showrooms this September, the 2017 BRZ will feature Subaru Starlink smartphone integration and apps such as iHeart Radio and Stitcher. Th LCD screen inside the car shows you all sorts of nerdy stuff, such as lateral Gs, braking force, oil and water temperature, plus battery voltage. You have to wonder if it wouldn't have been easier just to make an STI version with a turbo engine?
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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