WITH Toyota revealing its refreshed 86 sports coupe in April, it was only a matter of time before Subaru brought news of its BRZ update, now confirmed as due in November.
The rear-wheel drive sports cars share platforms and engines and, as expected, the new BRZ scores technical and cosmetic changes combined with more power and torque for six-speed manual transmission variants.
Driving purists opting for the three pedals will enjoy a leap from 147kW to 152kW and 205Nm to 212Nm thanks to reduced pressure loss, optimised intake, revised valves, camshafts and cylinder block, while a lower final gear ratio transmission and differential than before offers more direct power delivery. In other words, more fun.
On the styling front the new BRZ receives revised front and rear bumpers, C-shaped headlight treatment with full LEDs, revised LED indicators and fog lights, a front spoiler shape said to resemble an aircraft wing, some smoother garnishing and new 10-spoke 17-inch aluminium wheels.
Inside, Subaru says the instrument panel and door panels are more sophisticated and cohesive, there's a reshaped steering wheel, red stitching, full auto air-conditioning, new switches, upgraded audio and a 4.2-inch colour LCD screen displaying your tacho, digital speedo, shift position, fuel gauge, drive mode indicator, TRACK mode indicator and rev indicator.
Chassis tweaks are said to improve control, balance and stability thanks to suspension tuning and under-body reinforcing, while the aforementioned TRACK mode "adds to the excitement of driving a rear-wheel drive sports car - with subtle use of the accelerator pedal to control it," Subaru's statement says.
"This mode provides a greater level of stability and driving enjoyment during sporty driving, particularly on race tracks. The system helps maintain control of the car if it begins to behave unpredictably."
We look forward to having a play with that. Drift mode anyone?
No word on what we'll be asked to pay for the new BRZ. come November. The current models start at $37,150 before on-roads, while the Toyota 86 GT can be had for $29,990 before on-roads.
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