Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Subaru | posted May 27, 2016 12:42
Sports coupe gets host of minor changes
Months after Toyota updated the 86 sports coupe, the Subaru BRZ welcomes a host of changes to keep the car fresh and competitive. Like its twin, it gets a tweaked exterior and interior along with a mild power upgrade.
From the outside, a noticeable change is its front bumper. While the large center air intake is retained, it gets a pair of new and larger corner air dams, giving it more distinction from its Toyota twin. Also new are the full LED tail lights, replacing the clear and crystallized look of the pre-update model. The rear bumper has also been updated in this redesign, sporting a more aggressive rear diffuser. New wheel designs will also be available. In addition, minor suspension tweaks have been made to enhance handling. The rest of the body carries over from the previous iteration.
Inside, more soft touch materials are present and the bolt-like knobs for climate control have been switched for more traditional round units. The steering wheel is also new for 2016 with rearranged cruise and audio control buttons. A new trim line is available for the US models at least. Called the Limited, it adds a 4.2 inch LCD multi-information display in the dials. It measures performance data such as lateral G, braking G, steering angle and laptimes. It is yet unknown if local models will be available with the said package.
Under the hood, manual transmission models get a slight horsepower bump. Power and torque is up by 8 PS and 7 Nm, now rated at 208 PS and 212 Nm of torque. Automatic models retain the old output at 200 PS and 205 Nm of torque. A performance pack is also available for the US market. On top of the upgrades the Limited models receives, the Performance pack adds larger diameter brakes with Brembo calipers and pads. The suspension is also slightly lowered and rides on black 17-inch alloy wheels. Like the Limited pack, it is yet unknown if the local models will be receiving an equivalent variant.