Styling for the new BRZ clearly takes its inspiration from 1990s and early 2000s sports cars like the Porsche Boxster, which themselves took cues from 1960s and 1970s Euro-sports cars from Porsche, MG, and others. The BRZ has an all-new design, a new engine with a bit more muscle, and retains the rear-drive formula that has made the auto doggedly popular. The RWD - a rarity inside Subaru's lineup - sports coupe features an improved 2.4-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated boxer engine that now develops 228 hp, up from the 205 hp of the previous generation.
The overall body design is lower and more aerodynamic-appearing. The first generation BRZ was launched in 2012 and has proven to be popular among enthusiasts who desire a Subaru-style drive but in a 2-door coupe format. However, these features are exclusive to six-speed automatic models, with manual variants likely to miss out. This was made possible thanks to the use of reinforced chassis and subframe mounts, as well as lessons learned from the Subaru Global Platform. It's now the lightest rear-wheel-drive 2+2 production sports vehicle in the US market. This lightness combined with a low center of gravity and "precision steering" is key to deliver the sporty and direct handling Subaru talks about to great extent in the BRZ's press release. Subaru increased front lateral rigidity by 60-percent by reinforcing the chassis mounting system, sub-frame architecture, and other connection points. The wheelbase measures 101.4 inches (2.575 mm), 0.2 inches (5 mm) longer than the previous model. The new coupe is an inch longer and nearly half an inch lower than the outgoing model.
Filling the arches of the high-spec example shown here are 18-inch alloy wheels (up from 17-inch units on entry-level models), identical in design to those fitted to flagship versions of the Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch.
Drivers look into a 7.0-inch digital instrument display - the layout of which is configurable between normal and Track modes, each mode varying the car's five-stages stability control system - and sit in leather and suede-trimmed sports seats with red accents.
Inside, the second-generation BRZ gets a new cabin featuring a new customizable 7-inch digital dashboard and an 8-inch infotainment touch screen in the center stack.
Subaru Southern Africa has yet to decide whether the new BRZ will be offered
The new Sport mode allows for more rapid downshifts with automatic throttle blipping and utilizes yaw sensors to hold the transmission in a lower gear during hard cornering to maximize performance. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models.
Subaru's estimated outputs (as final figures have yet to be locked in) are rated at 170kW of power and 249Nm of torque - up 18kW/37Nm over manual versions of the existing model, or 23kW/44Nm compared with outgoing automatic variants.
The new look for the Subaru BRZ is definitely more aggressive and rear-biased to emphasize power.
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