By tweaking the dampers and stiffening the suspension, the revised BRZ also feels noticeably more progressive up to, and over, the limit. Turn in to a quick corner and the car will push on initially, but trail the brakes or lift mid-corner and that push quickly transfers into easily controllable oversteer. The car’s new Track mode will also allow you to do all of this without risking getting too out of shape, and, rather impressively, if you do overstep the mark, the software now brings you back into line in a controlled manner, unlike the previous model's distinctly binary system.
The dampers have also been fettled to transmit fewer vibrations into the cabin than before, but without testing the cars back to back, it’s hard to decipher if there has been a noticeable improvement. What we can say, however, is that while the ride is firm, it’s not too harsh, and at higher speeds the BRZ feels impressively stable, thanks in part to a relatively long 2570mm wheelbase.
Where the Subaru does let the side down, however, is in the interior. Despite the fact that most of the cheap-feeling plastics have been replaced with leather and Alcantara, the overall aesthetic is still distinctly 1990s. And for all that the BRZ has been calling out for a standard-fit sat-nav, the system fitted to this 2017 model feels simply archaic alongside the units found in the Audi TT and significantly cheaper Mazda MX-5. Ultimately, for a car approaching £27,500 (the sat-nav is a £1250 option), it’s hard to not to feel somewhat short-changed.
Should I buy one?
We said in our first drive of the BRZ way back in 2012 that "the hardest decision will not be whether to part with your money at all, but choosing between the Subaru and Toyota". Thankfully, Subaru has made this decision somewhat more straightforward in 2017.
Instead of offering two separate trim levels like Toyota, Subaru only offers one: the fully loaded £26,050 SE Lux. For that money, you get goodies such as heated Alcantara seats, a leather dashboard, Bluetooth compatibility, keyless entry and the new rear spoiler. A GT86 in the same specification would cost you more than £1500 extra.
Will it be enough to lure buyers into showrooms? It’s hard to say, but there’s no doubt that the decision to put a BRZ on your drive has never been easier.
Subaru BRZ SE Lux review
Location Gloucestershire; On Sale Now; Price £26,050; Engine 4 cyls horizontally opposed, 2000cc, petrol; Power 197bhp at 7000rpm; Torque 151lb ft at 6400rpm; 0-62mph 7.6sec; Top speed 140mph; Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerb weight 1275kg; Economy 36.2mpg (combined); CO2 180g/km, 33%; Rivals Toyota GT86, Nissan 370Z, Audi TT