On 2017-model BRZs equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission, power will be boosted from 147kW to 152kW, while torque will rise from 205Nm to 212Nm. The increases come thanks to a strengthened block with revised valves and camshafts, as well as improved intake and exhaust systems. Output from the auto trans models won't change.
The manual's final drive ratio has been increased from 4.100 to 4.300, while the transmission itself has been strengthened to suit the greater power output.
Under the skin, there's a thicker strut tower brace and a thicker, reshaped transmission crossmember, with suspension mods at both ends designed to enhance chassis response.
To further exploit this, there's a driver-selectable 'track' mode on the Vehicle Dynamics Control system that increases vehicle stability at speed and is designed primarily for track days.
External styling changes include a new front bumper, reshaped headlights (now with DRLs) and LED light units front and rear. There's a reshaped garnish on the front guard, modified boot garnish and new, stronger 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, cosmetic changes include a new instrument panel and door card design, reshaped steering wheel and red detail stitching on selected elements, as well as new audio control and instrument panel switches.
The audio system itself has been upgraded, with a 6.2-inch GUI touchscreen, with Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition.
Other additions include a full auto air con system and the addition of Hill Start Assist.
The updated BRZ will reach local dealerships in November, with pricing for the 2017 model to be announced closer to launch.