Exceptionally sharp handling and affordable price tag make this rear-wheel-drive one of the most attainable and appealing performance cars available today. Some of its strengths include lots of standard features, a high-fuel economy rating, comfortable front seats, excellent steering and handling, and a light and well-balanced chassis. Its release date should be expected before this fall.
New add-ons available for 2016 include a limited edition HyperBlue version, an updated touchscreen infotainment system, and distinctive interior and exterior styling flourishes.
For shoppers looking for a peppy performance, and nimble handling, the BRZ should be atop their list of priorities. It is affordable and lightweight, yet delivers an outstanding performance of a sports car. The performance is taken a notch higher by the BRZ’s boxer engine that provides an impressive 200 hp and propels its 2,800 pounds effortlessly.
Also, the ideal front and rear weight balance, lowered center of gravity, and responsive handling lake it an all-rounded highway athlete. There are very few vehicles in the market today that can compete directly with the Subaru BRZ. However, you could still walk around to sample what other vehicles in the same price range have to offer. Its alternatives include 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, 2016 Ford Focus, 2017 Scion FR-S, 2017 VW Golf GTI, 2017 Ford Mustang, and 2017 Subaru WRX.
Subaru BRZ – Available Trims
The compact coupe is available in two distinct trims: base Premium and top-of-the-line Limited trim. Also, there is a limited edition HyperBlue version available for 2016. The high-performance STI convertible is reviewed separately.
Exterior Changes & Interior Review – 2017 Subaru BRZ
As already mentioned, the four-seat compact 2017 Subaru BRZ coupe is available in two primary trims and one limited edition trim. The 2017 Subaru BRZ Premium should be expected to come equipped with LED running lights, a rearview camera, cruise control, summer performance tires, 17” wheels, air conditioning, a limited-slip rear differential, automatic bi-xenon headlights, a fold-down rear seatback, a 6.2” touchscreen display, smartphone app integration, voice controls, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.
Others include the Subaru’s StarLink infotainment system which comes bundled with voice controls, Pandora and Aha radio, a CD player, Stitcher and iHeartRadio, calendar and weather features, and an 8-speaker sound system.
Picking the Limited trim gets you heated mirrors, front heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, upgraded interior trim, leather upholstery, a rear spoiler, foglamps, and automatic climate control.
Stepping up to the HyperBlue edition gets you blue-and-black interior scheme, a frameless rearview mirror, a special light blue color paint, blue interior stitching, and exterior badges and black wheels. Only 500 models will be produced.
The exterior colors to expect include Pure Red, Crystal Black Silica, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, and WR Blue Pearl.
Exterior options include a rear bumper diffuser, spoiler Ice Silver Metallic, chrome fuel door cover, spoiler WR Blue, chrome fender trim, and fog lamp kit. Interior wise, expect interior illuminating blue, cargo tray, sunshade, subwoofer kit, auto-dimming mirror, and interior illuminating red.
Price & Release Date – 2017 Subaru BRZ
An MSRP starting from $25,395 is what the Premium trim will cost you in U.S dealerships. The Limited goes for sale for $27,395, and the limited edition HyperBlue Series an MSRP of $27,690.
As for the release date, we should expect the vehicle sometime later this year.
Engine Specs – 2017 Subaru BRZ
Motivating the fresh 2017 Subaru BRZ is a horizontally opposed four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine good for 200 hp and 151 pounds of torque. Available as standard is the six-speed manual transmission system, while optionally provided is a rev-matched downshift and a six-speed automatic with shift paddles.
A manual-equipped BRZ, during our test drive, went from 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Its automatic-equipped counterpart did the same in 7.9 seconds.
As per the available EPA ratings, expect the manual-equipped BRZ to return fuel consumption ratings of 22/30/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 25/34/28 mpg with an automatic.
Standard safety equipment available includes emergency braking assist, 4-wheel ABS, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, daytime running lights, dusk sensing headlights, engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitoring, xenon high-intensity discharge headlamp, 2 front headrests, and stability and traction control.