Subaru of America Inc. has introduced the comprehensively revised BRZ, giving its rear-drive sports car improved handling, increased performance, more aggressive styling and new convenience features. These enhancements reinforce the company’s mission of offering enthusiasts a pure sports car driving experience.
When equipped with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, the Subaru BRZ features a revised 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine, now with 205 hp and 156 lb-ft peak torque, vs. 200 hp and 151 lb-ft for the carryover engine used with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission. The revised engine delivers more low-end and midrange torque than before, and, combined with the new 4.30:1 axle ratio (vs. 4.10 before) in the Torsen® limited-slip differential, delivers quicker acceleration and enhanced responsiveness.
Numerous internal updates to the 2.0-liter engine reduce friction, including new valves, camshafts and revised cylinder block. An aluminum intake manifold is coated with red heat dissipating paint, and the exhaust system is a new high-flow design.
The BRZ, already renowned for its ultra-low center of gravity and precision handling, offers several updates to increase its performance on the road and track. For improved responsiveness, stability and comfort, BRZ received updated coil springs and dampers as well as a larger rear stabilizer bar. Additional reinforcements added to the strut tower braces, transmission cross-member plate and the rear wheel housings increase vehicle rigidity. The stability control system thresholds were raised to further improve handling, with the results significant enough for Subaru to change the name of Sport mode to Track.