The BRZ is a wonderful little sports car but it does have a few problems, and the biggest one is the fact that it simply doesn’t offer enough power. To solve this, we will be finally getting the 2017 Subaru BRZ Turbo that could follow the looks of the vehicle and provide enough power for most drivers.
This has also been addressed by a few aftermarket companies, but so far neither Subaru nor Toyota did something to improve the car. Well, not too long ago a Subaru official said that the car will get an STI version, and while it might not be what many people want, it will certainly be an improvement over the current generation. The upcoming 2017 Subaru BRZ Turbo is definitely going to receive some components from the Impreza WRX and on top of that, it should also get quite a few upgrades in terms of exterior and interior.
2017 Subaru BRZ Turbo Release Date
The release date is still unknown, but we expect the turbocharged version of the car to be unveiled after the official release of the updated car which will hit the market sometime in early 2017. There is also a possibility for an update to come a little bit earlier during the last few months of this year. Regarding pricing, while the base model will still cost around $24,000, the Turbo should start at around $30,000 which is a bit more, but it should be a good price for all the upgrades it will receive.
Design wise, the 2017 Subaru BRZ Turbo will not only receive the body-kit additions, but it will also get the new facelifted looks that will be first seen on the new BRZ. This means that the car will get new headlights and tail lights, slight changes to its wheel designs as well as a more aerodynamic hood. The front and rear bumpers will be unique to the Turbo while the car is also likely going to receive a large rear wing to produce more downforce that is needed with more powerful engine. An exhaust upgrade is also very likely going to be installed in the BRZ in order to allow the unit to breathe with more ease.
Inside the cabin, the car will only get a few upgrades over the base model. However, due to the facelift, the interior of the car will benefit from a new dashboard and instrument cluster as well as much better materials than before. The Turbo version will add a boost gauge, differently colored dials as well as aluminum inserts. The seats will most likely be provided by Recaro, and the car will also get contrasting stitching on the higher end models. You might not notice major upgrades in the interior for a more powerful car with the optional engine, but we can conclude that updates that will be installed here will certainly come as an upgrade over the old model.
Engine wise, the 2017 Subaru BRZ is likely not going to use the engine found in the current model with an added turbocharger. Instead, the car will receive the unit from the Subaru WRX; a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four from their new generation of engines. It will offer more power but also a lot more torque, and the best part will be that it will offer as much as 260 lb-ft of torque from as low as 2,000 rpm. This should give it a serious advantage over some of its competitors, especially since the car will offer nearly neutral handling characteristics.
The engine in 2017 Subaru BRZ Turbo is likely going to make closer to 280 horsepower which should be more than enough for a car that weighs as little as the BRZ. A six-speed manual is going to be the only choice, but, considering the car’s weight and torque, it should offer longer gears than usual, so the new model might be able to hit 60 MPH in less than 5 seconds which would make it a very impressive car for its class. Other performance upgrades will include bigger brakes, lightweight wheels wrapped in stickier tires as well as a standard limited slip differential which will allow the car to get faster around corners and also be more fun to drive than the base version.
With the improvements that this model could offer it will be one amazing vehicle. Competition is strong in every segment, and this applies to sports cars also, but we think that fantastic looks and interesting design of BRZ could be the biggest advance in gaining, even more, popularity.