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Redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ keeps pin-sharp handling, gets a whole new body
It's low and goes as slow as you let it. But, you won't want to go that slow. The 2022 Subaru BRZ has debuted with sharp looks, even sharper handling, improved stiffness, and a budget-friendly price tag.
Subaru teamed up with Toyota for the redesign. The two companies collaborated on the original BRZ, which shared a body with the Scion FR-S, but different interior, when it hit the market. The BRZ's new design features many of the characteristics of that original 2+2 sports car, and improves upon them.
The new-generation BRZ is sleeker and more exciting than the previous generation.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.
Dimensions of the BRZ are similar in the new generation as they are with the previous. It's just over an inch longer and almost half an inch lower than its predecessor. The car has an aluminum roof, front fenders, and hood. Its curb weight is estimated at just under 2,900 pounds, which combines with the car's drive dynamics to deliver track-ready handling.
It has a bespoke chassis that yields a 101.4-inch wheelbase with near perfect weight distribution. At the front are custom-designed MacPherson-type struts and coil springs. Front lateral bending rigidity has been increased by 60-percent for the 2022 model to improve turn-in and response. The double wishbone rear suspension system is designed to deliver outstanding bump absorption to enhance tire grip over varied surfaces.
Subaru will sell the new BRZ with a standard Vehicle Stability Control traction and stability system that offers the driver five different settings. The system can also be completely disengaged.
The rear-wheel drive 2022 BRZ is powered by a 228-horsepower 2.4-liter engine. It redlines at 7,000 rpm and offers 15 percent more torque than it did in the previous generation, coming in at 184 pound-feet. Buyers can choose from the standard six-speed manual transmission or the available six-speed automatic.
The grille is set low between two wide fender arches and above large functional air intakes. At the sides are sill spoilers while a small fin at the rear and large rear fenders work to keep the car grounded and stable while on or off he track. The roof has a double-bubble-like appearance, which Subaru says is a nod to vintage race cars. It has less greenhouse than the previous version, but thinner pillars.
The BRZ has gotten a driver-centric interior as part of its redesign that includes a customizable 7-inch digital dashboard that has the tachometer with digital readout speedometer in its center. To the left of the tachometer is a programmable meter that can show the driver's choice of amps, water temperature, or a g-meter.
It features deeply contoured bucket seats with red stitching. The back seats fold for added cargo capacity. Despite being small, the BRZ can carry a fair amount of cargo. Subaru says that the BRZ has space for a mountain bike, golf clubs, or four race tires.
While the cabin isn't fancy, it has improved driver amenities including an 8-inch infotainment touch screen at the center with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, rearview camera, and satellite radio. Models equipped with the automatic transmission also get Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. A telematics system is available.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ will be sold in Premium and Limited trim levels. Production of the Subaru BRZ will be at Subaru's Gunma, Japan assembly plant. It will go on sale early fall of 2021.