November 30, 2020
The 2022 Subaru BRZ is set to turn heads in 2021 with a full redesign of the engine, exterior, and interior. Partnering with Toyota and their version of the BRZ, the 86, the second-generation BRZ was designed by Toyota and Subaru handled the engineering and construction, and man, did they knock it out of the park.
Agility and affordability are still Subaru’s number one priority, skipping over high horsepower and a higher price tag. The BRZ is meant to be a sports car for everyone and they continue to maintain that standard.
The 2022 BRZ sits about a half-inch lower and is about 1 inch longer than previous years and its exterior body styling is much more pronounced. This new generation of BRZ also comes with an interior update as well as an upgrade in technology that doesn’t get in the way of the sports car practicalities. If you’re in it for the speed then you’ll be happy to know that the new BRZ comes with a 24-liter flat-four-cylinder engine that definitely provides a boost of power over the 2.0-liter it has replaced. With all those improvements in mind, the Subaru BRZ stands ready to take on its main rival and king of affordable sports cars, the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
No reason to delay, you want to know about the power and performance of this new and improved sports car so let’s get into it.
The first question on most people’s minds is going to be; does it have a turbo? We won’t sugar coat it. No.
But that doesn’t mean the BRZ doesn’t have additional power to appease the speed enthusiasts out there. Under the hood is a power 2.4-liter flat-four-cylinder engine, also known as a boxer engine, able to generate 228-hp and 184-lbs-ft of torque. That is an increase of 23 horsepower and 28 pounds per foot of torque compared to previous year models.
The BRZ’s power is still channeled to its rear wheels through your choice of either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. It also has a lower center of gravity and an estimated curb weight of a little under 2900 pounds, which coupled with a stiffer structure will make the BRZ even more fun to drive than it already was. Check out Subaru Pro Driver, Scott Speed, take the all-new 2022 BRZ around the track below:
The BRZ is looking to be a real head-turner when it is released with a much more muscular design without actually adding to the size of the sports car. Like we said earlier, only about a 1-inch increase in length, and since we know you’ve already seen some of the pictures you know the Toyota design team brought their A-game.
To keep the weight down the front fenders, roof and hood are all aluminum and all the ducts you’ve seen are functional. The front fender vents allow hot air to leave the engine compartment and the front scoops help to cool the brakes. Tricking the eye, the new BRZ looks much wider than previous versions even though the width is exactly the same. Overall, the lines and harder angles have greatly improved the look of the BRZ as it channels an almost muscle car ascetic but retain its sports car look depending on which angle you are viewing it from.
Interior & Tech
On the inside of the BRZ you’ll find the customary driver-centric design and 2 + 2 seating configuration but the cabin and dash have a much more modern feel thanks to an upgrade in technology and improved materials. Going the way of most modern cars, the BRZ now sports a new 7-inch digital gauge cluster that highlights the tachometer with a circular readout but can switch to a linear graph in track mode. The front seats definitely channel the sports car feel with more of a bucket design to keep driver and passenger snuggly in place through those hard corners. The seats also work to promote the race car feel with red accents in the interior, a low seating position, and fantastic visibility thanks to thin front roof pillars.
The two back seats are still useless to humans so we’ll skip over those. Plus, who wants to ride in the back of a sports car anyway? Just keep them folded down to increase your cargo area and you’ll be good to go.
The BRZ catches up in the technology category by adding an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system mounted in the center of the dash. In a great move by Subaru and/or Toyota they kept the physical buttons/nobs for volume and whatnot. Because let’s face it if you’re driving 100 mph the last thing you want to have to do is try to drag your finger across the screen to increase your music. Speaking of music, the system also comes with Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Android Auto, standard.
Let’s Wrap it Up
The new BRZ was announced on November 18th, 2020 so, of course, it is a little early for estimated mpg, safety test results, and pricing, which is why we skipped over that info for now.
Overall, the all-new 2022 Subaru BRZ is a huge step up for Subaru and definitely worthy of the second-generation title. It’ll be fun to see what it is like once we are able to get behind the wheel when it hits the showroom later in 2021. For now, stay updated on the BRZ at DickHannahSubaru.com or follow our page on Facebook. We’ll have more updates for you as we get them, stay tuned!
And if you want some hyped up goosebumps then check out Subaru’s 2022 BRZ Global Review below: