I took a drive in Subaru’s new BRZ Sports Coupe the other week. It’s had a small number of alterations for 2017 that show off the model’s low centre of gravity, while brawny wheel arches give the BRZ a solid posture.
The wheels now have a 10-spoke design and the backside of the Scooby shows off remodelled taillights. There’s also a pronounced boot spoiler to boost aerodynamics.
Inside, the 2017 Subaru BRZ’s steering wheel feels better in the hand than ever, swathed with soft hide. That may not seem like a big change, but after burning around the tight turns of Subaru’s test route in the Cotswolds, my hands conveyed some real gratitude.
Obtainable in just the one SE LUX trim in Britain, and costing £26,050, the new Subaru BRZ is now even more likely to be a motor longed for by car buffs.
The Subaru BRZ is best driven with the six-speed manual transmission. You must work it like a hound to get to 62mph in 7.6 seconds, but that’s all part of the theatre.
With the 2017 BRZ, it’s not so much about blatant power, it’s about the way the 2+2 coupe makes you feel when you hoon from corner to corner with utter composure. Few driver’s cars come close, especially at this price point.
- Max speed: 140 mph
- 0-62 mph: 7.6 secs
- Combined mpg: 36.2
- Engine: 1998cc 4 cylinder 16 valve petrol
- Max. power (PS): 200
- CO2: 180 g/km
- Price: £26,050