Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Subaru | posted June 13, 2016 15:43
Limited 2017 Subaru BRZ Series Yellow gets exterior, handling upgrades
Several weeks after the reveal of the refreshed 2016 BRZ, Subaru has now unveiled the limited-run BRZ Series Yellow. Billed as a 2017 model year, the one-off coupe gets a distinct yellow hue, along with performance add-ons and extra equipment.
Starting off with the exterior, the limited edition BRZ gets a Brilliant Yellow finish that is accented by blacked-out peripherals. These include the power folding side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels and nameplate badgings.
Beyond the cosmetic updates, Subaru also improved the BRZ's aerodynamics by fitting it with a wider, low-slung front bumper. According to the company, this will deliver better airflow for improved handling. Also present are new LED foglights that allow better visibility at night. Rounding it all up is the new aluminum rear spoiler and the full-LED taillights.
Aboard the special edition BRZ, it gets a plethora of standard and new equipment. A 4.2-inch multifunction display will be present in the Series Yellow along with a redesigned leather-wrapped steering wheel. It has onboard controls for the audio system and multifunction display which can show vehicle performance stats like: lateral G forces, braking force, steering angle, oil and water temperature and an integrated stop watch as such.
Other features present in the 2017 BRZ Series Yellow are: dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry with engine start/stop button, dual visor vanity mirrors, front door courtesy lights, leather-Alcantara seats with yellow contrast stitching and carpet floor mats with yellow stitching and silver BRZ logos.
Touchscreen infotainment was also installed, with US models getting Subaru's Starlink system as standard. It is channeled to a 6.2-inch touchscreen display and features AM/FM radio, CD player, smartphone integration, Bluetooth, rear view camera and 8 speakers.
The familiar 2.0-liter FA20 Boxer powers the 2017 BRZ Series Yellow. It gets a mild boost in power as it now produces 208 PS and 212 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Beyond that, the engine also gets minor upgrades like a new aluminum air intake manifold, revamped exhaust manifold and reduced engine friction. It also has a Torsen limited-slip differential, uprated coil springs, Sachs Performance shock absorbers, larger rear stabilizer bar, front strut tower bar and Brembo disc brakes.
Only 500 units will be made for the US market and deliveries will begin in 2017.