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Subaru has announced a new range-topping trim level for the BRZ sports coupé, which will go on sale on November 7. Dubbed the Subaru BRZ GT, the new model adds several new performance-oriented additions on top of the S variant.

Similar to the Performance Package found on the BRZ in the United States, the GT gives Japanese buyers mouth-watering goodies including Sachs Performance dampers, Brembo brake callipers clamping larger discs, unique 17-inch black alloy wheels and a pedestal-type rear wing. Inside, you’ll find heated seats dressed in Alcantara-and-leather combination upholstery.

These upgrades go on top of the other additions introduced on the facelift, including a revised front fascia with a more angular U-shaped spoiler, plus LED headlights incorporating LED daytime running lights and indicators. There are also LED fog lights, new faux fender vents, redesigned full-LED tail lights and a revised rear number plate garnish.

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Inside, changes are limited to a new, smaller multifunction steering wheel from its also-revised Toyota 86 twin, as well as hill start assist. The S model bumps it up with a redesigned instrument cluster incorporating a new 4.2-inch colour multifunction display (now with vehicle performance data and a lap timer), plus leather-wrapped dashboard, kneepads and instrument cluster visor and faux carbon fibre interior trim.

As on the facelifted 86, the 2.0 litre D-4S direct-injected, naturally-aspirated flat-four in the BRZ has been tweaked to serve up 205 hp and 214 Nm, up from the current car’s 200 hp and 205 Nm. That’s only in conjunction with the six-speed manual gearbox, however – those with the six-speed auto get the lower figure. The manual’s final drive ratio has also dropped from 4.1 to 4.3:1, improving acceleration.

The suspension has been tweaked with updated springs and dampers as well as a larger rear anti-roll bar for improved responsiveness, stability and comfort. The strut tower braces, transmission crossmember plate and rear wheel housings have also been strengthened to increase rigidity, while the stability control’s thresholds have been raised – enough for Subaru to change the name of the system’s Sport mode to Track mode.

Pricing for the BRZ GT is 3,315,600 yen (RM134,000) with the manual gearbox and 3,375,000 yen (RM136,400) with the automatic, making both models 345,600 yen (RM14,000) more expensive than their equivalent S variants.