The 2017 Subaru BRZ sports coupe arrives in Canada this month, but it doesn’t get the same performance options as the US models. Canadian sports coupes will have improved performance under the hood and the same suspension upgrades, but it won’t be offered with the new performance package.
Improved performance and handling
Canadian 2017 BRZ’s will come upgrades in the coil springs and dampers as well as a larger rear stabilizer bar. Subaru added reinforcements to the chassis and strut tower braces, transmission cross-member plate and the rear wheel housings to increase BRZ’s rigidity. The stability control system thresholds are raised to further improve handing. It also gets the new VDC “Track” mode designed to improve handing and deliver a more engaging driving experience.
The 2.0-liter BRZ powerplant gets several internal updates for friction reduction including new valves, camshaft and cylinder heads. Accompanied with a new aluminum intake manifold and redesigned exhaust manifold for increased air flow, the engine output in models with the 6-speed manual transmission is increased to 205hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. Subaru says acceleration will improve on 6-speed manual models with a new lower final drive ratio from 4.1 to 4.3:1. It’s mated with the standard Torsen limited-slip differential.
Improved aerodynamics and control
The newly-refreshed 2017 BRZ gets improved aerodynamics. The wider front bumper cover has been positioned lower for improved aerodynamics, control and stability at high speeds. Both Subaru BRZ and BRZ Sport-tech receive an aluminum rear wing spoiler in matching body color and black finish. The new pedestal design improves the vehicle’s downforce, improving stability and control.
New Performance Package is not offered
Subaru Canada won’t offer the Performance Package on the 2017 BRZ. The Performance Package is available on US Limited models with the 6-speed gearbox and includes Brembo calipers and larger rotors on both front and rear brakes for better stopping power. Subaru says the advanced braking system gives BRZ a significant boost in stopping power, fade resistance, and pedal feel. The package also includes SACHS Performance shock absorbers on all four corners for improved ride and corning stability. Also included in the package are special 17-in x 7.5-in black aluminum alloy wheels.
The newly-refreshed 2017 Subaru BRZ arrives later this month in Canada. It comes with improved performance, aerodynamics and handling, but driving enthusiasts won’t get the US-only Performance Package.
Source: Subaru Canada
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