Refreshed Subaru BRZ yields a special Series.Yellow edition.
The Subaru BRZ performance coupe is the near antithesis of the brand’s other models, offering rear-wheel drive only instead of the customary all-wheel drive.
Jointly developed with Toyota, the BRZ now enters its fifth model year and with it a limited edition Series.Yellow line rolls out. But you’ll need to think fast if you want one as Subaru will make just 500 copies of the Series.Yellow edition, which features an eye-catching color and numerous performance upgrades.
2017 Subaru BRZ Series.Yellow
The 2017 Subaru BRZ Series.Yellow features a brilliant yellow exterior, exclusive black alloy wheels, black Subaru and BRZ badging, and foldable side mirrors clad in black trim. The special edition model is based on the 2017 BRZ Limited equipped with a performance package.
The package includes Brembo four-piston calipers and rotors up front and dual-piston calipers and rotors on the back wheels. Subaru says the arrangement provides superior stopping power while mitigating fade resistance and improving pedal feel. Also at work at each corner are Sachs performance shock absorbers to enhance steering and handling. Rounding out the package are 17-inch wheels clad in black aluminum alloy.
The Series.Yellow release coincides with a model-wide update for 2017. All models now feature a new front bumper cover layout, positioned lower and made wider to improve stability, aerodynamics and control. The headlights now feature “kono-ji” style LED lights with daytime running lights. Subaru also moved the turn signal and position lights into the headlight assembly to create a more uniform and polished expression. Other changes include new LED fog lights for improved visibility and new fender garnish.
BRZ fans should appreciate the pedestal-style aluminum rear spoiler now adorning all models. The updated design improves the vehicle’s downforce, which also impacts stability and control. Just like the headlamps, the rear combination lamps have been updated with LED lights to improve visibility.
Leather and Alcantara Interior
Inside, the Series.Yellow edition offers seats swathed in black leather and Alcantara along with contrasting yellow stitching. That look goes beyond the seats to cover the dashboard and the door panels. It also wraps the steering wheel and is found on the knee pads and shifter boot. The seatbacks are embroidered with a yellow BRZ logo and the carpeted floor mats feature yellow stitching and a silver-embroidered BRZ emblem.
On the technology front, all 2017 BRZs are outfitted with the Subaru Starlink multimedia system. A 6.2-inch color display features touch-screen access, smartphone integration with Pandora and Aha, an app suite, Bluetooth and satellite radio. A rearview camera and an 8-speaker audio system round out the technologies.
Other upgrades found in the BRZ Series.Yellow include keyless entry, push-button start and dual-zone climate control. This model also has a 4.2-inch LCD multifunction display offering such vehicle performance details as accelerator pedal position, braking force, steering angle and lateral Gs. Subaru positioned the display immediately to the right of the tachometer.
Improved Engine Performance
All BRZ models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Engine updates for 2017 include friction reduction, a new aluminum intake manifold and a redesigned exhaust manifold. As a result, engine output climbs to 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, up from the previous 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet. As before, a six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. Notably, the final drive ratio has been lowered and is paired with the standard Torsen limited-slip differential, improving acceleration.
Other model-wide upgrades bring in updated coil springs and a larger rear stabilizer bar. Subaru reinforced the chassis affecting the strut tower braces, the transmission cross-member plate and the rear wheel housings in an effort to enhance rigidity. BRZ fans should take note of the stability control system as it has been updated to enhance the sports car’s handling ability. Indeed, Subaru is so confident in the modification that the previous “Sport” mode has been renamed “Track.”
2017 BRZ Pricing and Availability
The updated 2017 Subaru BRZ arrives in showrooms this fall. As for the Series.Yellow edition, you’ll have to wait until the calendar says “2017” before its much-anticipated arrival is finally realized.
As for the BRZ’s competitors, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF should be considered. Moving upmarket, the Nissan 370Z, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and the four-cylinder versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang might also be cross-shopped.