Yet another special-edition Subaru has quietly arrived in recent weeks, with the 2017 BRZ Sports Pack special edition on sale from $36,694 before on-road costs.
Like other BRZ specials before it, the Sports Pack doesn’t add any engine upgrades over the standard car, though there are several visual and equipment upgrades to give the Toyota 86 twin a little more street cred.
Over the base vehicle, the BRZ Sports Pack gets a Brembo brake system, Sachs suspension, new 17-inch alloy wheels, a black rear wing, black mirrors, black shark fin antenna, and black badging at the rear.
Representing a price increase of $2300 over the BRZ Premium Pack ($1500) – which in itself adds heated leather/suede seats over the standard BRZ – the Sports Pack starts at $36,694 with the six-speed manual and $38,694 with the optional six-speed automatic transmission.
As before, under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed boxer petrol engine, developing 152kW/212Nm in manual form and 147kW/205Nm in auto guise.
Just 150 of the Sports Pack specials are available – 100 manuals and 50 automatics – and it’s available in four no-cost colours; WR Blue pearl, Pure Red, Dark Grey metallic and Crystal White pearl.
Last month Subaru sold 62 BRZs in Australia, and is sitting at 220 units year-to-date. While it trails its Toyota 86 twin (145/670), the Subaru is actually up 87.9 per cent for the month and 41.9 per cent for the year so far, while the Toyota is falling by 25.6 per cent and 2.07 per cent respectively.
Combined, the 86 and BRZ are still outsold by the Ford Mustang, which sold 639 units in April alone and 2421 year-to-date, and the BMW 2 Series (211/699 units April/YTD).
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