2017 Subaru BRZ: Enhanced Performance and Updated Features

  • Improved performance and handling for the pure driving enthusiast
  • Refined exterior design and upgraded interior features
  • Enhanced safety with standard LED headlights, rear-view camera and all-new VDC Track mode

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 20, 2016 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today announced the release of its 2017 Subaru BRZ, available late July in Subaru dealerships across Canada. The rear-wheel-drive BRZ is an authentic sports coupe that carves its own path with its light vehicle weight, ultra-low centre of gravity and precision steering, delivering pinpoint handling accuracy and an unmatched level of driving pleasure for sports car enthusiasts of all skill levels.

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, improves 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 already exceptional 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 2017 BRZ continues to evolve while maintaining a powerful design. 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 the sleek 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 redesigned leather-wrapped steering wheel has 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.

All-around Safety

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, BRZ pricing is as follows:

Model

Transmission

MSRP

BRZ

6MT

$27,995

6AT

$29,195

BRZ Sport-tech

6MT

$29,995

6AT

$31,195

 

About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 92 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow @Subaru_Canada on Twitter.

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

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For further information: Julie Lychak, (905) 568-4959, jlychak@subaru.ca; Naomi Kislanski, (905) 568-4959, nkislanski@subaru.ca; Sebastien Lajoie, Media Relations, Quebec Region, (514) 336-0600, slajoie@subaru.ca

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