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2017 Subaru BRZ

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More power, modernized looks, and a new performance package.

After rolling out several minor updates for its BRZ sports coupe over the past few years, Subaru is making changes for the 2017 model that might be substantive enough to convince current owners to upgrade—or pull buyers who are on the fence into the fold. As previewed by the updates made to its Toyota 86 twin (previously known as the Scion FR-S), the 2017 BRZ gets more power, revised suspension tuning, a few visual changes, and a newly available Performance package.

The BRZ’s 2.0-liter flat-four has less internal friction and increased airflow, resulting in a small uptick in output of 5 horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque, for new totals of 205 and 156. Aided by slightly shorter gearing, acceleration is claimed to be improved—at least with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. Neither the higher output nor the different gearing applies to cars with the optional six-speed automatic transmission, but buyers who choose the automatic on this coupe probably won’t mind anyway.

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