While the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 have been a hit among driving enthusiasts, they were always criticized for a lack of power & torque. The second generation 2022 Subaru BRZ finally addresses that issue.
The new car – or cars when its twin the GT86 will be unveiled – will be powered by a boxer engine just like the first generation. However, it will have a bump in displacement from 2.0L to 2.4L. Power increases to 228 hp from 205 hp and torque increases from 156 lb-ft to 184 lb-ft. While the torque figure still remains relatively low compared to the horsepower figure, it will come sooner at 3,700 rpms whereas before it was achieved only at 6,700 rpms.
Just as before, the new car will be available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed manual transmission. The automatic has a new Sport mode that allows for automatic rev matching on downshifts and can hold a gear mid-corner to prevent unsettling the chassis. Power is sent to the rear wheels only and a limited slip differential is standard.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ will tip the scales at just under 2,900 lbs with a “near perfect” 50/50 weight distribution. The BRZ sees a chassis torsional rigidity increase of over 50% over the last generation which will help with turn-in and more front-end responsiveness.
Inside the Subaru BRZ, it receives a 7-inch digital driver display which changes configuration based on the drive mode. The infotainment screen is now an 8-inch display rather than the 7-inch in the previous generation. Apple CarPlay & Android Auto will be standard features and 2022 Subaru BRZ models equipped with the automatic transmission will also be available with Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.
Expect to see the 2022 Subaru BRZ in showrooms in the Fall of 2021.
Full press release: All-new 2022 Subaru BRZ Makes Global Debut