The rear-wheel-drive 2017 Subarun BRZ, an authentic sports coupe with an ultra-low centre of gravity and precision steering that delivers pinpoint handling accuracy, is now available in Subaru dealerships across Canada.
Power and Handling
The 2.0L DOHC naturally aspirated horizontally opposed Subaru Boxer engine receives several internal updates for friction reduction including new valves, camshaft and cylinder heads.
Accompanied with a new aluminum intake manifold and redesigned exhaust manifold for increased air flow, the engine output in models with the 6-speed manual transmission is increased to 205 hp and 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, gives improved acceleration on models with the manual transmission.
For 2017, hill start assist is now standard on all BRZ models, a feature that holds the vehicle in position while the driver accelerates, in order to prevent the vehicle from rolling back while on an incline.
For improved responsiveness, stability and comfort, BRZ receives updated coil springs and dampers as well as a larger rear stabilizer bar. Additional reinforcements to the chassis were added to the strut tower braces, transmission cross-member plate and the rear wheel housings to increase BRZ’s rigidity. The results provide noticeable improvements in the BRZ’s handling dynamics and ride quality.
The stability control system thresholds have been raised, and feature a new Track mode, further improving handing and delivering a more engaging driving experience.
Improved Aerodynamics, Visibility, Cockpit
The front bumper cover has been made wider and positioned lower for improved aerodynamics, control and stability. Distinctive C-shaped LED daytime running lights and new full-LED headlights offer improved lighting and reduced power consumption, while enhancing new front fascia. The updated fender garnish matches the body colour but with a black insert that accentuates it in profile.
All trims also receive an aluminum rear wing spoiler in matching body colour and black finish. The new pedestal design improves the vehicle’s downforce, improving stability and control. As with the headlights, the rear combination lights have been updated to full-LED for better visibility and energy efficiency. Also the rear garnish above the licence plate has a new design that comes standard on both trims.
On the inside, the leather-wrapped steering wheel has been redesigned to provide a firmer, sportier feel, along with new audio controls for greater control and convenience while driving.
The 2017 BRZ Sport-tech trim receives new LED fog lights that allow for a more compact design and greater nighttime visibility, as well as BRZ-embroidered front seatbacks, updated materials on the instrument and door panels and an updated climate control panel. Finally, a new 4.2-in LCD multifunction display provides access to vehicle performance instrumentation via steering wheel-mounted controls. These performance metres include lateral Gs, accelerator pedal position, braking force, steering angle, oil and water temperature, and battery voltage as well as an integrated stop watch for recording lap times.
For protection inside the vehicle, the Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag System uses dual-stage-deployment driver and front passenger airbags. Deployment strength depends on the proximity of the driver to the steering wheel, and whether there is a child or adult occupying the passenger seat. Front seat side pelvis/torso airbags and side curtain airbags offer additional security for front and rear occupants. For 2017, the airbag system has been upgraded and given next-generation sensors, to provide even more safety and peace of mind.
Also new on all models is the addition of a rear-view camera, for greater safety and visibility when reversing.
Two Trims, Two Transmissions
Driving enthusiasts can choose between a six-speed manual and an optional six-speed automatic transmission in the 2017 Subaru BRZ and BRZ Sport-tech. Both transmissions have been engineered and tuned to maximize performance and sporty driving feel.
For the 2017 model year, Canadian BRZ pricing is as follows: