Earlier this month, we learned that the Scion FR-S would now be known as the Toyota 86 in the American market. And along with the change in name, the new 86 would also be getting a slight bump in power and refreshed styling. So it’s not at all surprising to hear that Subaru is doing the same with its 2017 BRZ.
Set to go on sale later this year, the 2017 BRZ’s new look includes a redesigned front bumper and headlights, as well as an aluminum spoiler out back. Beneath the skin there’s also revised dampers and springs, additional reinforcement and a larger rear sway bar. In the engine bay the FA20 2.0L flat-four gets a five horsepower bump for a total of 205.
Perhaps most notable is the addition of a new Performance Package which will be available early next year. It will include larger Brembo brakes, Sachs suspension and a unique set of black 17-inch wheels. While this might not be enough to satisfy those clamoring for a true high performance BRZ STI, it does seem like a step right in the right direction.
Here’s hoping Subaru has some more tricks up its sleeve for the future.