The new BRZ is the lightest RWD 2+2 car in North America.
The new platform is 50% stiffer than the previous.
The car’s “Sports Car Purity” remains intact.
It pleases us tremendously that Subaru has taken the second generation of their BRZ sports car so seriously. As a niche and low volume product, investing such huge sums, while not a sound business decision, does help the brand’s image. A young BRZ owner may move on to a WRX and end up in an Outback over time. This recipe has worked as Subaru has one of the most loyal fanbases on the continent.
The all-new 2022 Subaru BRZ has evolved in the proper direction with a little more of everything. The key question is power. And for 2022, the BRZ will get a naturally-aspirated 2.4-litre 4-cylinder boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower at 7,000 rpm (engine red line) and 184 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,700 rpm, a 15% jump over the outgoing 2.0-litre engine. While the engine is Subaru-sourced, the mill features Toyota D-4S direct fuel injection and port injection system. It’s too soon to speculate whether or not Subaru will re-attach the turbocharger in the future…
Transmission choices will once again be between the standard 6-speed manual or the available 6-speed automatic with a new Sport mode designed for more aggressive driving. As is required in this car, the standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) traction and stability system includes five different settings. The nanny has been tuned to allow more input from the driver before it activates and thankfully, can be fully turned off for maximum fun. Also, the standard 17-inch wheels will cover the 4-wheel vented disc brakes on the entry-level model. An 18-inch wheel upgrade will be offered on higher trims.
The new car features a dedicated chassis setup. With the car’s perfect weight distribution, low center of gravity, Subaru promises the 2,900 lbs (about 100 lbs more than the 2020 car) will be nimble and agile. Using elements of Subaru’s Global Platform, the chassis is now more rigid thanks to stronger mounting points and subframe architecture for improved turn-in and response.
Physically, the new 2022 BRZ remains instantly recognizable as a BRZ. Despite that, the car’s lines and fascias have been fast-forwarded into the present. Its proportions are spot-on as the car is just over an inch longer and almost half an inch lower giving the 2022 a squatter more powerful stance. There are new functional front air intakes on each side of the low-set grille, which are only the beginnings of the BRZ’s refined aerodynamics.
The Subaru BRZ sports more prominent fender arches at both ends. The car’s profile is capped on top by a subtle “double bubble” appearance on the roof and looks sleeker due to its narrower greenhouse. The rear is adorned with dual exhaust pipes and a superb upturned “ducktail” rear spoiler.
The cabin is purely a driver-focused affair, as it has always been. It too has come into this Century with a new customizable 7-inch digital dashboard with the tachometer sitting front and center ahead of the driver. In the center, the new 8-inch infotainment touchscreen will quickly make us forget the old system. The technology features the latest SUBARU STARLINK multimedia systems with smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more.
Production of the all-new 2022 Subaru BRZ will be done at Subaru’s Gunma, Japan assembly plant. The new BRZ will go on sale in the early fall of 2021.