The all-new Subaru BRZ is designed using the same sports car design principles as the original: reduced weight, a very low center of gravity, and precise steering in a 2+2 configuration at an accessible price. Additionally, the 2022 model features greater power, better handling, enhanced design, a 50% increase in torsional rigidity, and a new interior.
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More power and a very low center of gravity
The 2022 Subaru BRZ, in contrast to the current trend of power over accuracy, emphasizes simplicity and enjoyment. The new BRZ has a more powerful 228 hp 2.4-liter horizontally mounted engine that is designed to give an unrivaled driving experience.
The Subaru BOXER’s unique design, which sits low in the chassis, enables the BRZ to attain a center of gravity that is even lower than the previous BRZ, in line with exotic hypercars. With a low polar moment and rapid response to driver inputs, the ultra-low center of gravity is key to offering unequaled handling.
The 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine produces 15% more torque and redlines at 7,000 RPM. The 2022 Subaru BRZ will be available in Premium and Limited trims, with two transmission options: a basic six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic with a new Sport mode for more aggressive driving.
To enhance performance, the new Sport mode allows for faster downshifts with automated throttle blipping and uses yaw sensors to keep the gearbox in a lower gear during severe cornering.
The beautiful design allows for more practicality
Despite its racing aims, the 2022 Subaru BRZ prioritizes comfort and utility in daily life. The 2+2 configuration and folding rear seats provide it a practical storage room that can accommodate even a mountain bike, or racing tires and equipment for track days.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ has a projected curb weight of little under 2,900 lbs., thanks to the use of aluminum for the top, front fenders, and hood, delivering on its promise of accessible performance.
As stunning as the BRZ’s handling abilities is its radical new design. With concentrated and useful aerodynamic elements, the overall impression is contemporary, nimble, and strong.
The neat coupe shape is somewhat longer and about half an inch lower than its predecessor, giving in a low and broad frontal area with massive functional air intakes. The grille is low, and the fender arches are bold, allowing just enough area for suspension points.
The dramatic fender flares are accentuated by a shortened greenhouse, and the roofline has a slight “double bubble” aspect, a homage to historic racing cars.
The aggressive style continues to the front fenders, which are bold and include a huge side vent. By routing air from beneath the hood and fenders, the functional side vent decreases drag. At high speeds, the expelled air is channeled to a side sill spoiler, which provides downforce.
A tiny fin at the back of the rear-wheel arch aids airflow and adds speed stability. The car’s broad rear fenders and wider track flow into twin exhausts at the back, giving it a low and wide stance.
A smaller greenhouse and back hatch, which flow into a dramatic inverted ducktail rear spoiler, lessen the apparent bulk.
Inside, the Subaru BRZ puts all focus on the driver
The Subaru BRZ has a redesigned cabin for 2022, with every detail aimed towards the driver. The tachometer is front and center, with an integrated digital speedometer display, on a new customizable 7-inch digital panel.
A programmable meter to the left of the tachometer may be changed to indicate amps, water temperature, or a g-meter, underlining the BRZ’s performance capacity once again. When the BRZ is in track mode, the tachometer immediately switches to a linear graph with a color display, enabling the driver to concentrate on the road.
The general interior design is modern and modular, and driver comforts have been upgraded.
The center stack’s 8-inch infotainment touch screen has the latest SUBARU STARLINK multimedia technologies, such as standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone connection, and music streaming a rear vision camera, and SiriusXM services.
Limited levels have telematics, while cars equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology have a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The BRZ’s sitting position is low, in keeping with its sports car qualities, but it has great sightlines thanks to the use of high-strength steel in the A, B, and C pillars, which make them thin yet sturdy.
Red accent stitching adds to the support of the deep-contoured bucket seats. A pleasant and functional cabin is completed with folding rear seats and a large load room in the back.
A chassis inspired by the track
The BRZ takes full use of its ultra-low center of gravity and high-strength body construction thanks to a custom chassis. The 2022 Subaru BRZ is agile and simple to manage, thanks to its 101.4-inch wheelbase and near-perfect weight distribution. Struts and coil springs are used in the front suspension to keep the weight down.
The chassis has enhanced stiffness by using design components from the Subaru Global Platform, such as a stronger chassis mounting system, sub-frame architecture, and other connecting connections. To enhance turn-in and reaction, the 2022 model’s front lateral bending stiffness has been raised by 60%.
Custom-designed MacPherson-type struts in the front suspension enhance the low hood line while maintaining a long stroke for optimal handling and ride quality. The rear suspension system’s two wishbones offer excellent bump absorption and tire traction on a variety of terrain.
The standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) traction and stability system provide the driver with five distinct settings for track driving. Before activating the traction system, the system has been updated to enable greater input from the driver. To give the driver entire control, the system may be turned off altogether.
The new Subaru BRZ is available starting at the end of 2021.