It’s fair to say that the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ ‘twin’ coupé hasn’t been a huge sales success in the UK. The Subaru in particular is about as common on British roads as ice cubes on a Qatari pavement.
And that’s a shame, because it’s a smashing little car.
Maybe the odd special edition would liven sales up? You’d never know it but that’s already happened in the US. Last year they released one called the HyperBlue. Series (full stop intended). Now for the 2017 model year there’s the Series. Yellow followup. It's limited to just 500 but again it’s restricted to the American market.
There are no changes to engine output – the flat four engine is still producing just 205hp and 156lb ft – but for 2017 internal mechanical friction is being reduced, and there’ll be a new exhaust manifold and a lower final drive.
On the chassis side, “advanced handling and steering stability" is promised via the addition of Sachs Performance dampers, new springs and a bigger rear anti-roll bar, along with suspension strut tower braces and a new transmission cross-member plate.
They’ve renamed Sport mode ‘Track mode’ to reflect a recalibration of the stability control, and the braking is upgraded too with Brembo four-piston front calipers and stronger two-piston calipers at the back end.
Cosmetic changes include new daytime running lights, in-headlight indicators and a new front bumper.
Presumably Brit-spec BRZs will get the general 2017 mods but there’s nothing from Subaru UK about the revamped chassis package. If any country needed more handling aids it’s Britain, so let’s hope there’ll be an announcement soon.