The 2022 Subaru BRZ – Sharper Looks, Sharper Handling, More Power!

By Peter Nelson

November 18, 2020

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Subaru unveiled the new 2022 BRZ today at Thermal Club Raceway, and it looks great! It’s still nice and small, and possesses some pleasant design features to bring it up to date; we especially dig its headlights and rear-three quarter angle.

 

In addition to its upgraded looks, they’ve improved factory handling as well. The chassis is 50-percent overall more rigid than the previous generation, and it also possesses an even lower center of gravity. It still has MacPherson front suspension, but luckily retains double-wishbone rear suspension. Subaru states that the front struts are custom designed to optimize the hood line while retaining a long stroke ideal for handling and ride quality.

 

The mighty little new Subaru now also has the brand’s naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter flat-four under the hood, which is good for 228 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft of torque. This is a substantial bump in torque, and in our opinion a modest bump in horsepower. That’s ok though, because the Toyobaru has always been about sprightly, naturally-aspirated fun; anyone who’s ever complained about them being too slow on track or on a fun twisty road needs to learn how to use momentum.

 

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Subaru report that they didn’t want to go forced induction because they wanted to keep pricing affordable. We appreciate this reasoning as it will ensure wider attainability for enthusiasts, as well as probably maintain good track reliability (the current-gen Toyobaru needs some minor cooling mods to maintain on-track reliability, we imagine forced induction would complicate things a bit more).

 

Considering it will weigh in at just under 2,900 lbs., it should still have that agile, lightweight, flickable feeling that the previous generation had in spades. Not bad for a modern sports car with rear wheel drive, a backseat, good cargo room, and all the modern tech that the market demands.

 

The new 2022 Subaru BRZ is set go on sale Fall 2021, and other sources are projecting it to start at just below $30,000. We’re anxious to see what its sibling, Toyota’s 2022 GR86 will look like!

 

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