All-new Subaru BRZ debuts with new look, inside and out
After several leaks and a short teaser campaign, Subaru has officially revealed the 2022 BRZ sports coupe. The new model has an all-new look inside and out, a more powerful engine, and an updated chassis.
The BRZ is the Subaru counterpart to the partnership with Toyota when it comes to sports coupes, with Toyota's version being the 86. The first generation BRZ was launched in 2012 and has proven to be popular among enthusiasts who desire a Subaru-style drive but in a 2-door coupe format.
The second-generation BRZ has been thoroughly redesigned all around. While it may still have the familiar silhouette from before, the 2022 BRZ gets bolder-looking headlights, along with a bigger set of taillights. It also has a wider decklid, more pronounced curves, and more prominent shoulder lines that give the sports coupe a more muscular appearance.
Not a fan of faux intakes and grilles? Not to worry as Subaru says that each vent and grille present on the BRZ serves a function. The corner intakes on the front bumper direct air over and around the wheels, while the large vents on the front fender make sure turbulent air from the engine bay and wheel wells are sent to the side sills to generate downforce. Finally, the narrow ducktail spoiler makes sure that the rear of the car stays planted to the ground.
Over to its interior, the BRZ still comes with a driver-centric cabin, albeit upgraded with more high-tech amenities. A new 7-inch digital instrument panel is now available and features an integrated digital speedometer, along with programmable meters that can show water temperature, amps, g-meter, and tachometer.
An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment makes its home on the center dashboard and comes with the latest Subaru Starlink media system. With it, features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth come as standard on the BRZ.
Under the hood, the 2.0-liter FA20 is no more. Replacing it is a bigger 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine dubbed the FA24. It makes 228 PS and 249 Nm of torque – which means it makes 28 PS more, along with 44 Nm more pulling power than before. Manual fans rejoice, as the 2022 BRZ still comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Those that prefer a self-shifting BRZ will be glad to know that a six-speed automatic will also be available and will come with paddle shifters.
As for its chassis, Subaru claims it is now stiffer and has more torsional rigidity. This was made possible thanks to the use of reinforced chassis and subframe mounts, as well as lessons learned from the Subaru Global Platform. It also has a lower center of gravity that Subaru says is on-par with other exotic hypercars. Further helping the BRZ have better handling are the custom-designed MacPherson struts at the front and a revised double-wishbone rear suspension for better bump absorption.
Production of the 2022 Subaru BRZ will begin soon at the company's Gunma factory in Japan. Sales, on the other hand, will begin in late 2021. It may take a while before it eventually arrives in the Philippines, but at least Subaru made a new-generation model.
The only question now is, when will Toyota reveal the all-new 86?