Greater than the total of its tweaks.
It’s easy to write off the 2017 Subaru BRZ, which was updated this year, as being only slightly increased. Several carefully chosen engine tweaks net Subaru’s cold little sports car just 5 horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque more than previously. There also were some structural advancements here and there that made the sort of difference that Subaru cannot be bothered to compute in percentages of superior chassis stiffness. Yet the road feel is incredibly improved, particularly from at the rear of the wheel of a BRZ equipped with the optional Performance package.
A great $1195 option available only for the $28, 465 Limited trim with the six-speed manual transmission, the Performance package effectively results in a car being $3345 more than the base Subaru BRZ Premium. And forget about it if you eschew clutch throtle. The hardware includes much larger 12. 8-inch front and 12. 4-inch rear braking mechanism rotors (up from 10. 6 and 11. 4) clamped by Brembo four-piston front and dual-piston back calipers, along with Sachs dampers and 17-inch rims that are 7. 5 inches wide rather than the standard 7. zero inches.
That list appears thin, but the equipment plays well with the subtle updates made to every 2017 BRZ. Engine tweaks include an adjusted airbox feeding a calibrated aluminum intake manifold, freer-flowing exhaust, camshaft and valvetrain surfaces which may have been through an powerful polishing process to reduce friction, and a different tune for the direct-fuel-injection pump to reduce parasitic loss. Found in the chassis, revisions include reinforced mounting points for the front strut-tower support, the transmission, and the trunk struts, as well as a rear anti-roll bar that’s 1. zero millimeter larger in size, revised spring rates, and a reprogrammed stability-control system that’s less intrusive than previously.