Subaru BRZ review – New updates for 2017 refine the fun coupe, but only slightly - Design

Blessed with an excellent, involving chassis, but feeble engine and poor tyres prevent the BRZ from achieving greatness

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  • Excellent driving position, wonderfully immersive chassis
  • Naff exterior details, low-rent interior, low grip tyres

Design

The basic shape of the BRZ is well proportioned and a lot of its details are pleasing. However, there are just as many overly styled and frankly naff parts that begin to ruin the way the Subaru coupe looks. Its ride-height and stance accentuate the small, narrow wheels while the rear spoiler looks straight from a dodgy aftermarket tuner – the taller wing on the 2017 model looks even worse.

However, one of the worst offenders when it came to tarnishing the BRZ’s exterior were the Lexus-style rear lights. Thankfully the 2017 model has replaced the front and rear lights with LED units that are much classier.

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Once again though, the Subaru BRZ looks much like the Toyota GT86. A slightly different shaped front end and some Subaru badges are all that really separate the two. However, you can’t get the Toyota in the same Subaru Mica blue, for it to match Imprezas of old. All it needs is some gold wheels.

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