2017 Subaru BRZ first drive

The Subaru BRZ is the lesser-spotted half of Subaru and Toyota’s joint venture to make a  back-to-basics rear-wheel-drive sports car that emerged in 2012. As Toyota has given its slow-selling coupe a refresh for 2017, it’s inevitable that Subaru has followed in a bid to make its BRZ slightly more up-to-date.

2017 Subaru BRZ
2017 Subaru BRZ
2017 Subaru BRZ

While it might not look particularly different to the outgoing model, the BRZ’s exterior has been given a minor refresh. Updates include new full-LED headlights (a first for Subaru) along with a revised grille and front bumper. There are new 10-spoke 17-inch alloys, while at the rear of the car the lights have been tweaked and a new rear spoiler has been tacked-on.

Interior updates include a smaller steering wheel with audio controls, while Subaru has attempted to boost the low-quality feel of the cabin by using higher quality materials along with Alcantara and leather heated front seats featuring a new red BRZ logo. To top it all off, an optional 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits in the centre of the dash, while a smaller 4.2-inch display alongside the dials provides information including a G-force meter, lap timer and torque/power curves.

2017 Subaru BRZ

First impressions

We’ve always been fans of the BRZ’s sporty looks, and the revisions look more gainly than the updated Toyota GT86. The new wheels suit the car well, while the updated front-end gives it an aggressive look. The pedestal rear spoiler won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but it suits the boy-racer image of th...