Shortly after the facelifted Toyota 86 quietly made its way to Malaysia, Motor Image has followed suit with the introduction of the revised Subaru BRZ. The big news is that the purist rear-wheel drive sports car is now offered with a six-speed manual transmission option, joining the previously-available six-speed auto – the row-your-own gearbox was hitherto only available on an indent order basis.

This lowers the entry point slightly, with the BRZ now available from RM224,389 with the manual ‘box, on-the-road without insurance; the auto model is also over RM10,000 cheaper than before, retailing at RM230,749. Both variants are significantly less expensive than the equivalent Toyota, to the tune of over RM33,000.

The updates introduced through the mid-cycle revision have given the BRZ a sharper, more aggressive look. The new front fascia features a more angular U-shaped spoiler, along with new full-LED headlights that incorporate C-shaped LED daytime running lights and LED indicators.

Elsewhere, the fog lights are also now LED units, while redesigned faux fender vents sit aft of the front wheel arches. At the rear, the tail lights are now full-LED units, as seen on the facelifted 86. New 17-inch machined finish 10-spoke wheels, also shared with the 86, are fitted as well.

Inside, changes include a new multifunction steering wheel – also from the 86 – as well as a redesigned instrument cluster with a wrapped visor and a new 4.2-inch colour multifunction display (now with vehicle performance data and a lap timer) and updated controls for the dual-zone automatic climate control. There’s also new red stitching across the cabin and a new BRZ logo embroidered into the seat backs.

Standard kit includes keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone auto climate control, leather and Alcantara upholstery and a 2-DIN radio/CD player with six speakers. Safety-wise, there are seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, new Hill Start Assist and revised Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with a more lenient Track mode.

The 2.0 litre D-4S direct-injected, naturally-aspirated flat-four in the BRZ makes 200 hp and 205 Nm, the same as before.

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.