The second-generation 2022 Subaru BRZ has finally made its debut after a lengthy teaser campaign. It gets a significantly improved chassis, a bigger, more powerful boxer engine, and a more modern exterior and interior design. We also couldn’t wait on what the Toyota end of the jointly-developed rear-wheel drive (RWD) sportscar would look like.
Starting with the exterior, Subaru opted for an evolutionary approach when redesigning the 2022 Subaru BRZ. Upfront, there’s a new front bumper with a wider grille and new side vents for cooling the brakes. The headlights have also been redesigned to feature a simpler look. At the sides, there are side vents near the front wheel arches which should improve aerodynamics. Moving towards the rear, and you’ll see a pair of LED taillights that feature a curved shape along with a black trim piece that connects those two lighting elements.
While the exterior remains faithful to the previous model’s looks, the interior looks completely different. The gauges are now digital, featuring a 7-inch screen and a multi-information display at its side. There’s also an 8-inch Subaru Starlink touch screen infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Interior materials have also been improved for a more premium feel.
Despite being a small 2+2 RWD sports car, the 2022 Subaru BRZ has quite a spacious trunk. Subaru claims it can even fit a mountain bike golf clubs, or even four race tires and tools for track days. Utilizing aluminum for the roof, front fenders and hood, the 2022 Subaru BRZ is supposedly the lightest 2+2 sports car in the US market, tipping the scales at just under 1,315 kg.
A lot of customers and enthusiasts wanted more power out of their BRZ, so Subaru thankfully granted their wish. Under the hood of the all-new BRZ is a new, bigger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine that produces 228 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Utilizing the FA24 code name, the engine features Toyota’s D-4S direct-injection technology. It’s also the same engine used in the Subaru Ascent three-row SUV, albeit without the turbo. Power is, of course, sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. With the promise of offering pure driving fun, all Subaru BRZ models will be equipped as standard with a limited-slip differential.
Despite being a pure sports car, the 2022 Subaru BRZ can be equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight advanced driver-assist features, which include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, just to name a few. EyeSight, however, is only available when opting for the automatic transmission.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ is scheduled to go on sale in the US market in the fall of 2021 and it will be produced at Subaru’s Gunma plant in Japan. Toyota so far has not yet announced the second-generation Toyota 86, which is basically the Subaru BRZ’s sibling.