Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Subaru | posted October 19, 2016 11:43
Japan-exclusive Subaru BRZ GT gets handling, brake upgrades
The Japanese market will soon be getting an uprated Subaru BRZ for the 2017 model year. Simply dubbed as the BRZ GT, the new top-of-the-range model gets several performance upgrades, as well as a slightly revised exterior and interior.
Starting with the outside, the 2017 BRZ GT also gets the updated front fascia, along with the tweaked front bumper. LED illumination is now standard as well and is fitted on the headlights, taillights, daytime running lights and foglights.
Inside, it gets the new multifucntion steering wheel found in the recently updated Toyota 86. Also present is the revised instrument cluster and 4.2-inch multi-information display that comes with a lap timer and vehicle performance data logger. Leather and carbon fiber trim also make their way inside the BRZ GT. Completing it all are the leather-alcantara heated seats.
Under the hood, the FA20 2.0-liter D-4S Boxer engine gets a slight bump in power as it now puts out 205 PS and 214 Nm of torque. The higher output figures are only available with the 6-speed manual gearbox as automatic versions get the pre-updated figures of 200 PS and 205 Nm.
As for the mechanical upgrades, Subaru claimed it gets uprated springs and Sachs Performance dampers, as well as a thicker anti-roll bar for better stability and responsiveness. Meanwhile, the strut towers, transmission crossmember plate and rear wheel housings are now more rigid. Sitting behind the new 17-inch alloy wheels are larger disc brakes with Brembo brake calipers.
Topping it all off, Subaru said that the manual's final drive ratio has been dropped from 4.1 to 4.3:1 for better acceleration, while the stability control has been tweaked to allow drivers to make full use of the car's agility more.