Subaru released its 2022 BRZ second generation of the Japanese sports coupe, which now features an improved chassis, a new naturally aspirated engine, no turbocharger.
Let’s begin with what’s under the bonnet; Subaru opted for a new naturally aspirated 2.4-liter flat-four engine with a redline at 7,000 rpm, producing 228 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. That’s 15 percent more torque than the previous model.
At an estimated base weight of 2,815 pounds, the new BRZ is only 17 pounds heavier than its predecessor, so those ponies should be able to breathe a little easier when pulling the sports car around.
The new engine helps the 2022 Subaru BRZ to achieve an even lower center of gravity and will be paired to either a standard six-speed manual with a short-throw shifter or a six-speed automatic transmission that features a new Sport mode for more rapid downshifts. A limited-slip differential will be standard across the range.
Subaru also updated the traction/stability control system, which has been redesigned with five different settings. Subaru says the new system will “allow more input from the driver before it activates the traction system.” Translation: more drift. The system can also be turned completely off by holding down the drive mode and traction control buttons behind the gear shift for those who want to fully remove the electronic nannies.
Although the rear-drive coupe’s platform technically carries over from the outgoing BRZ, Subaru applied the lessons learned in its modern, modular Global Architecture to make the new coupe stiffer and more responsive. Reinforced chassis and subframe mounts, for example, improve front-axle rigidity by 60 percent, giving the new BRZ sharper turn-in and handling – overall rigidity improves by 50 percent Somehow, Subaru also gave the 2022 BRZ an even lower center of gravity than its predecessor, improving cornering even more. A MacPherson-strut front and double-wishbone rear suspension layout is similar to that of the current BRZ.
A limited-slip differential is still standard and wheel sizes have grown from 17 to 18 inches on Limited models. Subaru hasn’t revealed brake sizes or if the Brembo ventilated discs will be offered on the new car.
Speaking of the interior, the 2022 Subaru BRZ gets a completely new driver-focused dashboard with all the modern features you could ask for. The driver instruments are now digital, with a new 7-inch screen featuring the tachometer front and center with a digital speedometer readout in its center. To the left of the tachometer, drivers can configure what information will be shown from amps, water temperature, or a g-meter. When track mode is engaged the tachometer shifts to a linear graph with a color display.
The Subaru Starlink infotainment system runs through an eight-inch touchscreen display and features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, and more. More expensive trims also include telematics, while BRZs fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission also get Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Subaru BRZ is 1.2 inches (30 mm) longer, has the same width but it’s 0.4 inches (10 mm) lower. The wheelbase measures 101.4 inches (2.575 mm), 0.2 inches (5 mm) longer than the previous model.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ will enter production at the company’s Gunma factory in Japan and will go on sale across the U.S. market in the early fall of 2021.