Subaru ended the rumors with the launch of the 2022 rear-wheel drive BRZ, which made its world debut at Thermal Club Raceway in Thermal, California.
The BRZ 2022 is a completely new development but with the same original Japanese sports car design fundamentals: low weight, an ultra-low center of gravity with precision steering and handling in an affordable 2 + 2 package.
The new BRZ features more power, better handling, improved styling, a 50 percent increase in torsional stiffness and a modern interior.
The new BRZ features a new and more powerful 228 horsepower 2.4-liter Boxer engine.
Sitting low on the chassis, the unique design of the Subaru BOXER allows the BRZ to achieve an even lower center of gravity than the previous BRZ and on par with exotic cars.
The BRZ 2022 will be offered in Premium and Limited trims and is available with two transmission options; a standard six-speed manual or an available six-speed automatic with a new Sport mode designed for more aggressive driving. The new Sport mode allows for faster downshifts with the automatic intermittent throttle and uses yaw sensors to keep the transmission in a lower gear during sharp corners to maximize performance.
This Subaru BRZ features a new interior with every detail focused on the driver. A new 7-inch customizable digital dash is the focal point with the tachometer front and center with an integrated digital speedometer reading. To the left of the tachometer is a programmable gauge that you can switch to display amps, water temp, or a gravity gauge, once again emphasizing the BRZ’s performance capabilities. When the BRZ is placed in tracking mode, the tachometer automatically switches to a line graph with a color display that allows a quick readout allowing the driver to focus on the road.
The overall cabin design is contemporary and modular with enhanced driver comforts. The 8-inch infotainment touchscreen takes priority in the center console and features the latest SUBARU STARLINK multimedia systems. , including standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming. rear view camera and SiriusXM services. Limited models feature telematics and vehicles equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission also feature Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist technology.
In keeping with sports car dynamics, the BRZ’s seating position is low, but it features excellent visibility due to the use of high-strength steel on the A, B, and C-pillars, keeping them slim but strong. Deeply contoured bucket seats provide support and are enhanced with red accent stitching. The folding rear seats and the spacious rear cargo area complete a comfortable and practical interior.
With a tailor-made chassis, the BRZ takes full advantage of its ultra-low center of gravity and high-strength body structure. With a 101.4-inch wheelbase and near-perfect weight distribution, the 2022 Subaru BRZ is agile and easy to control. The front suspension uses struts and coil springs to keep the weight low. Using design elements from the Subaru Global Platform, the chassis has gained rigidity through a reinforced chassis mounting system, subframe architecture, and other connection points. Front lateral flex stiffness has been increased by 60 percent for the 2022 model to improve cornering and response. The front suspension features custom-designed MacPherson struts to optimize the low line of the hood while retaining long travel for ideal handling and ride quality.
For track driving, the standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) traction and stability system offers the driver five different settings. The system has been redesigned to allow more information from the driver before activating the traction system. The system can be completely shut down so the driver has full control.
Production of the Subaru BRZ will take place at Subaru’s assembly plant in Gunma, Japan. The BRZ will go on sale in early fall 2021.