Subaru rolls out special-edition coupe with updated chassis and exclusive yellow-themed appearance

Launched in 2012, the BRZ is a sports car that resulted from a collaboration between Japanese manufacturers Subaru and Toyota. Launched alongside its identical siblings, the Toyota 86 and Scion FR-S — the latter discontinued in 2016 — the BRZ is sold globally with the Subaru-developed, 2.0-liter boxer engine and either a manual or automatic transmission. The coupe was updated for the 2017 model year, receiving revised exterior elements, various interior upgrades, chassis tweaks, and a mild power bump for models equipped with the manual gearbox.

While the BRZ, much like the Toyota 86 and Scion FR-S, has been deprived of significant upgrades in its four years on the market, the three companies have rolled out countless special editions as of 2016. The most recent one is the Series.Yellow Special Edition, which Subaru will put on sale for the 2017 model year. If the "Series" nomenclature sounds familiar, it’s because Scion has also launched a couple of versions using a similar badge, most notably the Release Series 2.0. With Scion no longer operating in the U.S., it’s now up to Subaru to provide customers with limited-edition models.

Much like previous special versions of the Japanese coupe, the Series.Yellow sports mild updates inside and out and a special exterior color. However, this model also features a few chassis upgrades that can’t be had on the standard model, unless certain optional packages are selected. Find out more about that below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru BRZ Series.Yellow Special Edition.

  • 2017 Subaru BRZ Series.Yellow Special Edition
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    flat-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    205
  • Torque @ RPM:
    156
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • Price:
    29000 (Est.)
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What makes the Subaru BRZ Series.Yellow Special Edition special

2017 Subaru BRZ Series.Yellow Special Edition High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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The first thing that catches the eye when looking at this special-edition coupe is the yellow paint that defines its name. Although the hue is by no means special, it is unique to the current BRZ, as Subaru is only offering it in black, gray, white, silver, red, and blue. The color has a nice, rich tone and gives the car a sporty look thanks to the black side mirrors and exclusive, 17-inch black alloy wheels. Although not exactly noticeable, the Series.Yellow ditched the standard blue "Subaru" emblem in favor of a black one. The "BRZ" lettering on the rear fascia is also black.

Other than that, the Series.Yellow is a standard 2017-model-year BRZ, meaning it benefits from all the updates that came with the most recent facelift. New features include a redesigned, sportier front bumper, new LED headlamps with integrated turn signals, new foglamps, new body-color-painted aluminum spoiler atop the trunk lid, and full-LED taillights, among others.

The interior received a bit more attention. Although finished mostly in black leather and Alcantara, the cabin sports yellow highlights in the form of contrast stitching on the seats, door panels, dashboard, steering wheel, knee pads, and shifter boot. Additionally, the front seat bolsters and the door panel handles feature yellow inserts, while the seat backs have embroidered, yellow "BRZ" logos. Subaru also added carpeted floor mats with yellow stitching and a silver embroidered "BRZ" logo.

The Series.Yellow is also equipped with all the goodies that came with the 2017 update. The instrument cluster has a 4.2-inch display that provides performance readouts such as lateral G force, accelerator pedal position, braking force, steering angle, oil and water temperature readouts, and features an integrated stopwatch for recording lap times. Customers also get the new 6.2-inch infotainment touchscreen with Subaru Starlik smartphone integration, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, and rear vision camera. A dual-zone climate control, keyless access, and push-button start round out the convenience features list.

2017 Subaru BRZ Series.Yellow Special Edition High Resolution Interior
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Not surprisingly, the Series.Yellow is a standard BRZ under the hood. For those of you who don’t remember, the 2017 update brought the first output boost to the 2.0-liter boxer engine, but that accounts for a minor five horses and five pound-feet and it’s available only on models with the six-speed manual transmission. Specifically, drivers who prefer to row their own have 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet at their disposal, while those who favor automatics get the standard 200 ponies and 151 pound-feet. The final drive ratio on the six-speed manual has also been dropped from 4.1:1 to 4.3:1 to improve acceleration, but other than that, nothing major happened under the hood.

However, the Series.Yellow is offered with the new Performance Package, which adds Brembo brakes at all corners. The front axle gets four-piston calipers, while the rear features dual-piston clamps. The coupe is also equipped with Sachs Performance shock absorbers all around, updated coil springs, a larger rear stabilizer bar, and reinforced strut tower brace. These upgrades don’t do much to give the BRZ more power, but they should come in handy at the track, where the Series.Yellow is likely to post quicker lap times compared to a standard model.

Subaru has yet to announce pricing information for this version, but did say that the Series.Yellow will arrive in dealerships in 2017 and will be limited to only 500 units. Given that the BRZ retails from $25,395, expect the special-edition coupe to fetch in excess of $29,000.

Subaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ was launched in 2012 as a two-door, affordable sports car. Co-developed with Toyota, the BRZ was available with three badges globally until 2016. While the Toyota 86 was marketed in Europe, Asia, and Australia, the United States got both the Scion FR-S and the Subaru Subaru BRZ. This ended in 2016 when the Scion brand was phased out. North American models were originally rated at 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, three extra horses over the Euro-spec vehicles, but the 2016 update added five more horses and five extra pound-feet of torque to the manual transmission models, bring the 2.0-liter boxer up to 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of twist. The Subaru BRZ retails $25,395 for the 2016 model year.

Read our full review on the Subaru BRZ here.

Press Release

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced the 2017 BRZ Series.Yellow, the most exciting BRZ to date with its striking color and performance upgrades. The special edition, limited to only 500 cars, will debut today at Wicked Big Meet in Stafford Springs, CT.

The Series.Yellow is immediately recognizable by its brilliant yellow exterior, unique black alloy wheels, black BRZ and SUBARU badging, and black foldable exterior mirrors. Based on the 2017 Limited model equipped with the new Performance Package, the Series.Yellow enhances a driver’s experience with superior stopping power and control. The brake system has been upgraded to Brembo® four-piston calipers and rotors on the front and dual-piston calipers and rotors on the rear. This advanced system gives the yellow sports coupe a significant boost in stopping power, fade resistance, and pedal feel. SACHS® Performance shock absorbers have been added to all four wheels for advanced handling and steering stability. Also the special edition comes equipped with 17-in x 7.5-in black aluminum alloy wheels.

The Series.Yellow offers black leather and Alcantara upholstery with contrasting yellow stitching throughout the interior including seats, door and dash panels, steering wheel, knee pads and shifter boot. The front seatbacks are also embroidered with a yellow BRZ logo. The final touch for this model is the carpeted floor mats with yellow stitching and a silver embroidered BRZ logo.

Performance
The BRZ, known for its ultra-low center of gravity and precision handling, offers several updates for 2017 to increase performance on the track and open roads. For improved responsiveness, BRZ receives updated coil springs and a larger rear stabilizer bar and the Series.Yellow gains the additional upgrade of SACHS Performance shock absorbers. Reinforcements to the chassis were added to the strut tower braces, transmission cross-member plate and the rear wheel housings to increase rigidity. The stability control system has been updated to allow the driver to experience more of BRZ’s handling prowess. The results are dramatic enough for Subaru to change the name of “Sport” mode to “Track”.

The BRZ Series.Yellow comes standard with the 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER engine and 6-speed manual transmission. Enhanced for 2017, BRZ’s horizontally-opposed engine receives several internal updates for friction reduction as well as a new aluminum intake manifold and redesigned exhaust manifold. These combined improvements boost the engine output to 205-hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. Also, a lower final drive ratio from 4.1 to 4.3:1, paired with the standard Torsen® limited-slip differential, improves acceleration.

Exterior Updates
For 2017, the BRZ front bumper cover has been redesigned for a widened appearance and positioned lower for improved aerodynamics, control, and stability. The sport coupe’s headlights are upgraded to “kono-ji” style LED with Daytime Running Lights (DRL). The turn signal and position light have been integrated into the new headlight for a clean design that completes the refined front fascia. New LED fog lights allow greater nighttime visibility and are standard on the Series.Yellow. The updated fender garnish matches the body color but with a black insert that accentuates it in profile.

All 2017 BRZ models receive a pedestal-style aluminum rear spoiler in matching body color and black finish. The new design improves the vehicle’s downforce, which in turn improves stability and control. As with the headlights, the rear combination lights have been updated to full-LED for better visibility and energy efficiency.

Interior Updates
Standard for the special edition is a 4.2-in LCD multifunction display positioned to the right of the prominent tachometer. This driver information readout provides access to vehicle performance including lateral Gs, accelerator pedal position, braking force, steering angle, oil and water temperature, and battery voltage as well as an integrated stop watch for recording lap times. The redesigned leather-wrapped steering wheel has a firmer, sportier feel along with new audio controls and multifunction display switches for greater control and convenience while driving.

All 2017 BRZ models come standard with the SUBARU STARLINK™ 6.2” Multimedia System that includes a comprehensive list of features:

6.2-in. high resolution multi-function touch screen display
AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®
Single-disc in-dash CD player with 8 speakers
Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration with Pandora® and Aha®
Subaru STARLINK apps including iHeart® Radio and Stitcher™
Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
Rear vision camera

Also standard on this model is a dual-zone automatic climate control, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, and front door courtesy lights.

The BRZ Series.Yellow makes its first public appearance at one of the country’s largest Subaru enthusiast festivals, Wicked Big Meet, which is held at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, CT on June 12th. The Series.Yellow will arrive at retailers in 2017.

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