The American arm of Subaru has just announced the global unveiling of the next-generation 2022 BRZ sports coupé.
The all-new 2022 Subaru BRZ, which serves as the second generation iteration in the lineup, is a fruition of the joint development with Toyota Motor Corporation.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ draws its power from the new FA24 2.4-liter BOXER engine, which is non-turbocharged. According to Subaru's PR chief Dominick Infante, the company retained the naturally-aspirated engine for the sole reason of performance.
As per Infante, bringing the 2.4-liter's turbocharger from the Ascent to the BRZ would affect the car's overall performance. Adding a turbocharger to the equation would also beef up the car's weight due to the added hardware needed while bumping up the price. Subsequently, this would also hurt its handling.
Nevertheless, the 2022 Subaru BRZ receives a nice bump in power, from the current 205 horsepower to 228hp and 156 lb.-ft of torque to 184 lb.-ft of torque.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Subaru BRZ's suspension gets a 50% increase in terms of torsion stiffness. This should readily improve its handling and driving dynamics. Its front lateral rigidity was also increased by 60%, by reinforcing the chassis mounting system, along with the sub-frame architecture, and other connection points. Subaru revealed that this should improve its turn-in response.
Another obvious highlight of the 2022 Subaru BRZ is found on its exterior styling, which receives an aggressive refresh. Among its new additions are its lower and wide hexagon grille, the dynamic contrast between the narrow cabin and prominent fenders, and a slew of aerodynamic items like side sill spoilers and air outlets placed behind the front fenders.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ also has larger 18-inch alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.
Inside, the 2022 Subaru BRZ features a simple, horizontal instrument panel and a low meter hood, both providing a wider view for more focus while driving. There's also the combination of a 7-inch TFT, and a segment LCD, a contoured sport seat with firm side bolsters and an 8-inch SUBARU STARLINK multimedia infotainment system; the latter includes standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ, which comes in Premium and Limited trims, features two transmission choices – a standard six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic with a new Sport mode.
Production of the all-new Subaru BRZ will begin in the spring of 2021. It will go on sale in the latter part of the same year.
- Images from media.subaru.com