If there is one car we're really excited about, it's the all-new Subaru BRZ. Okay, maybe we can toss in the Toyota 86 in there as well because they are essentially the same.
So far, Subaru and Toyota have only confirmed last year that a next-generation model will be built. However, they have yet to officially give us a preview or even reveal significant details about the new Toyobaru twins. But, we did get to see what the new model undergoing testing in the US thanks to some spy photos of what is supposedly the 2021 Toyota 86 last August.
Fortunately, it seems we won't have to wait too long anymore. Subaru USA announced that the world premiere of the 2022 BRZ will take place later this year. No exact date was given apart from “Fall 2020”, which means the global debut could just be weeks away from now.
That also means that Subaru will reveal the model before Toyota shows their version.
No other information was revealed, but we do have our first official look at the all-new BRZ. The car itself is still covered in camouflage but we do notice it has a new front fender vent which may or may not be functional. At the same time, it also gets a new set of wheels with a multi-spoke design. Interestingly, it seems the 2022 BRZ won't have a larger set of Brembo brakes. The photo released by Subaru USA shows a standard set of calipers similar to the ones used in the current-generation BRZ.
Reports suggest that the new BRZ and 86 will use a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine, possibly the same as the one in the Ascent (or locally called the Evoltis) minus the turbo. Power output is expected to be around 220 to 230 HP, making it slightly more powerful than the 2.0-liter FA20 engine in the current model. Both the manual and automatic versions are expected to be offered too.
Excited for the 2022 Subaru BRZ later this year? We sure are. Hopefully, we get to see the BRZ's Toyota counterpart, the 86, debut sometime soon as well.