All-new Subaru BRZ breaks cover with more oomph

2022 Subaru BRZ Launches with 228 HP, Lightest RWD 2+2 Sports Car in the U.S.

While it does get an additional 23 hp and 28 pound-feet of torque thanks to its new 2.4-liter horizontally opposed engine, just about everything else on the 2022 BRZ's spec sheet appears to pick up right where the 2020 model left off.

Like the original BRZ, the new model will continue to be built at Subaru's Gunma plant in Japan, and will go on sale in a little less than a year from now (early fall 2021) at a yet undisclosed price. Would you like to see this sports vehicle land on our shores?

Running counter to the current trend of power over precision, the 2022 Subaru BRZ focuses on simplicity and fun. While the personality stays the same, the new BRZ features a curvier, more upscale design.

Second-generation BRZ manufactured by Subaru looks better than its previous model 2.0-liter engine.

To the disappointment of some who wanted a turbocharged mill, the BRZ's motor remains naturally aspirated but will now deliver a fair bit more grunt at 228hp (over 205hp previously) at 7,000rpm while peak torque has also seen a healthy increase to 250Nm (up by 38Nm) at 3,700rpm.

Despite its sporting intentions, the 2022 Subaru BRZ does not sacrifice everyday comfort and practicality.

Dimensionally, the new Subaru BRZ measures in at 4265mm long, 1775mm wide and 1311mm high, with a 2576mm wheelbase - 25mm longer, 13mm lower and 6mm longer in wheelbase than the current model, but identical in width.

2022 Subaru BRZ Launches with 228 HP, Lightest RWD 2+2 Sports Car in the U.S.
New Looks, a Bigger Engine & More Fun: This is the New 2022 Subaru BRZ

You might mistake the new BRZ for an outgoing model with a really good aftermarket body kit. The overall impression is modern, agile and powerful, with focused and functional aerodynamic details. Most importantly, the sports seats look to be mounted nice and low in the new structure (driving position was already a strong suit) and the enthusiastic launch pictures suggest no change in the car's intent. The released air is directed to a side sill spoiler that creates downforce at speed.

Small spoilers on the rear wheel arches also make grip easier, as does the integration of the rear spoiler. Subaru recently revealed the all-new, second-gen and it's an obvious improvement over the last-gen model.

Subaru has also redesigned the interior of its BRZ, which features digital gauges on a seven-inch screen that can be customized to show features such as a water temperature gauge and a gizmo that calculates G-forces.

As a reminder, the original BRZ was pulled from the South African market way back in September 2015, while Toyota's GT86 has soldiered on and is still offered today. This is pretty understandable given that engineers were working to improve a weight balance that was already close to perfection. Using design elements from the Subaru Global Platform, the chassis has gained rigidity through a reinforced chassis mounting system, sub-frame architecture and other connection points. "Front lateral bending rigidity has been increased by 60 percent for the 2022 model to improve turn-in and response". There are double-wishbone struts at the rear. Safety priorities are different on a closed track than a public road, so traction and electronic stability control systems can be fine-tuned and even turned off entirely.

Preliminary Specifications. All data estimated and not final.

The rear-drive auto gains a standard limited-slip differential, while the traction control now has variable levels of assistance. What will be just as interesting is that it will still send its power to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.


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