2017 Subaru BRZ’s New Face Makes an Early Appearance Online

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Like the Scion FR-S, or Toyota 86 as it is now called, the Subaru BRZ is also getting a facelift.

GhostRai from FT86Club posted up these photos of the 2017 Subaru BRZ, showing off its new front bumper, wheels and interior changes. According to GhostRai, he “was on the internet today” when he found the photos that also reveal the new steering wheel featuring controls on both sides. There’s also a bit of carbon fiber trim that gives the BRZ a more upscale appearance in the cabin, while the instrument cluster has a new screen on the right that at the very least, indicates which doors are opened.

SEE ALSO: Scion FR-S Officially Renamed Toyota 86, Gets More Power, Tweaked Style

Although it is a bit toned down, the new BRZ’s front bumper is heavily influenced by the Subaru STI Performance Concept that debuted at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The facelift is arguably not as significant as the Toyota 86’s changes, but it gives the BRZ new life while we wait word on whether a second-generation model will be developed by Toyota and Subaru.

We will have to wait for the 2017 Subaru BRZ’s official debut to see if it will receive the same five horsepower and seven pound-feet of torque bump the manual-equipped Toyota 86 gets.

[Source: FT86Club]

Discuss this story on our Subaru BRZ Forum

  • Eric Cameron

    Still no turbocharger though…bummer.

  • riiiiick

    Do it yourself. Plenty of turbocharger/supercharger kits available for the car. Some of the turbocharger kits make some sweet power after looking at the numbers.

  • nauticalone

    Face lift and interior upgrades are sorely needed! Not a moment too soo as the current versions are hedeious!

  • Mike

    Turbos are not reliable. Looktat the new Civic turbo engine. Starting fires, causing injury, and being damaged beyond repair. Even the Subaru turbos are their least reliable models.

  • Eric Cameron

    That’s great and all, but most people don’t want to do the dirty work, and that would never come with a warranty.

  • Eric Cameron

    Turbos are not reliable? Not sure where you received that information. I’ve had a Cruze and currently own a Veloster Turbo and I’ve had no issues after 80000 km on each car.

  • Mike

    Honda and Toyota have said many times they have avoided turbos for the most part because of the reliability factor. They are now being forced into it.

  • Eric Cameron

    No. They decided to beat a dead horse and improve the NA engine, which is what all manufacturers have done. Instead of R&D’ing the turbo as much as others have done, they don’t have the engineering solidified as much as the others.

    Turbos were once a problem in the 80s and 90s because of manufacturing tolerances. That has since be solved and now everyone is using them for extra power and fuel efficiency. The only problem that all manufacturers are dealing with right now is the combo of direct injection and turbos. DI is somewhat new and needs some more work to prevent pre-ignition and carbon buildup.

  • roundthings

    Awful gauges, should we guess what speed we’re going with that tiny speedometer?

  • Shobin Drogan

    This isn’t the year 2000, when exactly did Honda or Toyota state that they preferred NA because of reliability? 10 years ago? Technology catches up fast, there are millions of reliable turbo cars on the road. Also Toyota has been making countless turbo cars on their sedans since decades ago.

  • Mark S

    Do car makers build their own turbos or source from component suppliers?

  • Mike

    Care to explain the newest and first in quite some time, turbo option in the Civic? Cars put on hold and not able to be sold at dealers due to fires, injuries, and destruction of the turbo engines. Honda is already having issues. And big ones at that that. And the Subaru WRX is their turbo and also their least reliable vehicle secondary to the turbo engine. Consumer Reports also said turbos haven’t been as reliable, hence Toyota and Honda’s less that thrilled desire to push forward with them.

  • Mike

    My point exactly. The Veloster is a known piece of junk. Good luck with that.

  • Eric Cameron

    It’s not the turbochargers that are the problem. Borg Warner and Garrett have been making turbos for years and they’re better than ever. The direct injection technology of the engine is having problems with the turbos because of the timing and amount of carbon that is produced and caked on the cylinder, spark plugs and spool. The computer has to think super fast and modify timings on-the-fly to prevent the engine running too rich when the accelerator is floored. When manufacturers don’t protect the engine from turbo heat and maintenance is not performed properly, things can catch fire. It all comes down to putting in enough R&D on powertrain technology.

    I think you have a problem that turbochargers are the way forward. I love me some large V8 displacement (thinking of buying a Camaro), but it is inevitable that this is not the way forward. Turbochargers (and soon to be electric turbochargers) will get the fuel efficiency and power that we desire.

    Again, we are not in the 90’s or early 2000’s anymore. Turbo cars are better than ever and that’s a fact.

  • Harry_Wild

    Honda been using turbos in EU for good 5 year now! It only NA Honda that has resisted anything to do with turbos. The engines have been tested for years now in EU!