Subaru BRZ: Specs, Price, Features, Launch

Subaru BRZ: Specs, Price, Features, Launch”

The BRZ retains the proportions of the previous model, but features a radically redesigned fascia and tail panel.

You might mistake the new BRZ for an outgoing model with a really good aftermarket body kit. We're still waiting to hear what Toyota is up to, but we expect an updated version of the 86 to debut soon.

More than eight years later, Subaru has just revealed the 2022 BRZ, its latest attempt at keeping the aging model relevant. According to Subaru, the chassis is now 50 per cent stiffer than before.

Styling for the new BRZ clearly takes its inspiration from 1990s and early 2000s sports cars like the Porsche Boxster, which themselves took cues from 1960s and 1970s Euro-sports cars from Porsche, MG, and others.

Behind the front wheelarches there is a set of functional air vents which integrate into the generously sculpted side skirts. There's even a small flick behind the rear wheel arch that helps maintain stability at high speeds, a bubled roofline, and a ducktail spoiler that sits above a pair of angry-looking exhaust exits. It's a look that definitely fits with the crowd it's aiming to please. There are subtle changes, for sure, but ones that could produce improvements on the road. High-strength steel makes up much of the rest of the underpinnings for the same reason.

Under the hood, the 2.0-liter FA20 is no more. Unlike most modern sports cars (or even family SUVs, for that matter) the BRZ's engine doesn't have a turbocharger.

All-new Subaru BRZ breaks cover with more oomph
All-new Subaru BRZ breaks cover with more oomph

The increase in power comes from an increase in displacement, with the naturally aspirated boxer engine now displacing 2.4L and outputting 228hp, a substantial jump from the old car's 205hp 2.0L engine. The engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while a six-speed automatic is available. We've noted the goodness of these transmissions in BRZs past, especially the short-shift manual.

The new Sport mode allows for more rapid downshifts with automatic throttle blipping and utilizes yaw sensors to hold the transmission in a lower gear during hard cornering to maximize performance.

It seems clear, however, that Subaru and Toyota have at least taken steps to dramatically advance the architecture of the new BRZ and 86 coupes. The wheelbase measures 101.4 inches (2.575 mm), 0.2 inches (5 mm) longer than the previous model. This is pretty understandable given that engineers were working to improve a weight balance that was already close to perfection.

For the driver, new controls in the cluster mean more data coming faster. A new customizable 7-inch digital dashboard is the focal point with the tachometer front and center featuring an integrated digital speedometer readout. The sports vehicle now comes with a 7-inch reconfigurable digital gauge cluster, while a new 8-inch infotainment screen features smartphone compatibility.

Like the original, the 2022 BRZ is the result of a joint collaboration between Toyota and Subaru, with Toyota providing chassis and gearbox and Subaru bringing the boxer four-cylinder engine. How much is unclear, but given the specifications, probably not by enough to dissuade enthusiasts from buying. Now the 2022 Subaru BRZ has been revealed, and while many traditional Mustang fans may not see it as a direct competitor, the latest BRZ features numerous same qualities pony auto buyers seek out.

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