Subaru has introduced a better performing, limited edition BRZ sporty coupe that might have the competition seeing red or feeling blue. Even perhaps a little green with envy.
Introduced at Connecticut’s Wicked Big Meet (an annual Subaru enthusiasts’ gathering in Stafford Springs), the BRZ Series.Yellow will come available on the incoming 2017 model, limited to 500 units. Its main distinguishing feature? It’s yellow. Inside and out.
Subaru performance models have come in yellow before, but this is an exclusive yellow, and its offset by unique black 17 by 7.5-inch alloy wheels and black exterior badging, as well as black mirror housings. Other not-so-easy-to-spot cues include new LED headlamps with integrated running lights, position lights and turn signals. New LED foglights are also standard. The pedestal spoiler is a standard feature of the 2017 BRZ.
It also features the new Performance Package, enhancing the driving experience with improved braking and better control. The 4-wheel disc brakes are made by Brembo and feature 4-piston callipers in front and 2-piston units on the rear, improving pedal feel for the driver and resistance to brake fade for security. Handling has been improved by updated coils springs and SACHS Performance shocks at all four wheels, and a larger rear stabilizer.
Chassis reinforcements translate into a more rigid structure to better handle the push from the driver. Stability control has been added to the model for those times when a driver’s limits perhaps exceed that of the car.
Power continues to come from the 2.0-litre horizontally opposed (BOXER) 4-cylinder engine, which has been enhanced inside with friction reduction properties, as well as a new aluminum intake manifold and redesigned exhaust manifold. The result is a power boost to 205 hp (from the current 200) and 156 lb-ft of torque (currently 151). Though no figures have been released, Subaru claims better acceleration attributed to a lower final drive (4.1, down from 4.31) and a Torsen limited slip rear differential. Power is sent to the rear wheels by a 6-speed manual transmission.
Inside, the yellow/black theme is carried over with black leather stitched in yellow (including an embroidered BRZ logo in the head rests), with the yellow accent also carrying over on the steering wheel, shifter, door trim, instrument panel and carpet mats.
The gauge cluster features an LCD display for readouts on lateral forces, accelerator pedal position, steering angle, brake force and integrated stop watch, among the usual readouts for water temperature, battery charge and the like. Dual zone climate control and keyless access with push-button start are also standard.
All 2017 BRZs come with a multifunction steering wheel and 6.2-inch multimedia touchscreen for items such as Bluetooth connectivity, radio controls, mobile apps (such a Stitcher and Pandora) and the rearview camera.
The 2017 Subaru BRZ Series.Yellow is expected in showrooms in 2017. No word yet on Canadian availability.