The 2022 Subaru BRZ broke cover this morning and the internet has opinions about it. I have a few too but I’ll save those for later.
First, let’s get into all of the important stuff.
2022 Subaru BRZ Design
Arguably the biggest change for the 2022 Subaru BRZ is its exterior. While it is not a complete ground up redesign, I think this is more than just a simple “refresh”.
The front, rear, and fenders have all been completely re-worked. The silhouette remains generally the same but I don’t think anyone would mix up a 2021 BRZ with the 2022 BRZ if they were parked next to each other.
The 2022 BRZ styling leans more towards the curvy side and all of the body lines seem to have been rounded off. The new lines make the BRZ look less “aggressive” and more “sleek”.
However, the new BRZ hasn’t been completely smoothed over. The trademark hexagonal grill remains with larger scoops on either side that compliment the front air dam.
Additional reversed side scoops have been added which appear to wick away hot air from the wheel well. I say appear because I have no idea if those ducts are functional or if they’re purely superficial.
If those scoops are just for looks, hopefully Subaru constructed them in such a way that all that needs to be done is removing a plastic piece to open up air flow.
The fenders have definitely been widened which adds some aggressive points back to the overall sleek nature of the BRZ.
Though, I can’t help but look at these fenders ironically considering how many owners will slice into them immediately to throw on even wider fenders from the likes of Rocket Bunny.
Around back, the ducktail spoiler returns if not a bit more pronounced than before. The diffuser is back as well but the trademark triangle reflector in back is gone with a rectangular one replacing it.
The wheels (17 inch standard and 19 inch for the premium trim) are par for the course. However, those large fenders should do nicely for those looking to go up a few sizes with an aftermarket set of shoes.
2022 Subaru BRZ Interior
While the interior has been re-done, it is not a drastically different than what was previously offered. There are a few highlights though.
There is an entirely new digital gauge display which includes a lateral G meter but a giant tachometer is still front and center for the purists. Since the display is digital it can be configured to display different info in different formats depending on the driving mode selected.
For infotainment, an 8-inch touch screen is the home to Subaru’s own Starlink system as well as Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
2022 Subaru BRZ Performance
When it comes to performance, there is good news and bad news. The good news is the 2022 BRZ has more power. The bad news is that power bump is not because of a turbocharger…
Yeah, I know. I was really hoping that Subaru would finally see the light and give the BRZ the turbo it deserves. Alas, they elected to bump up the power naturally instead.
The D4-S engine has been tweaked to output 228 horsepower and 184 ft-lbs of torque which is up 28 horses from the previous model.
When the original BRZ was released, it was all about having balance which is why despite only having 200 horsepower, the overall weight was kept low.
That trend continues here. While 228 isn’t a huge jump in power, the 2022 BRZ still manages to weigh under 2,900lbs.
With that in mind, it makes sense why Subaru didn’t opt for forced induction. The combined weight of the turbocharger, manifold, intercooler, and other miscellaneous bits required would have definitely put the BRZ over 3,000lbs.
While the extra power on tap would have likely more than made up for it, a sub 3,000 pound sports car is so rare these days that I don’t blame Subaru for not wanting to let go of that.
Hopefully, if there is an STi version (there really should be an STi version), it will come with a boosted engine despite gaining a few pounds. Trust me Subaru, most people won’t mind the extra weight!
2022 Subaru BRZ Chassis
Underneath the new body panels, the chassis is is mostly the same platform as before but improved for better weight distribution (which is nearly 50/50) and better track performance.
There are struts and coils up front to keep things light but a new chassis mounting system and new sub-frame architecture increases lateral rigidity by 60% over the previous model.
So turn-in should be sharper and more responsive than before but it will be up to the road testers to figure that out.
2022 Subaru BRZ Opinion
What do I think? I really like the new look and I think the BRZ was due for an update. I appreciate the power bump but I really wish Subaru would have gone the boosted route. Though it is clear that they want to keep the BRZ (at least the base one) as light as possible and turbos add weight.
I really hope that they completely commit to producing an STi version this time around and not just tease us with a concept. The outcry for a proper STi BRZ has been consistent for the entire life of the car so I think it is a guarantee that it will sell.
In the meantime, I think there will be plenty of fun to be had with the 2022 Subaru BRZ base model. By the way, the new BRZ is set to hit dealerships in fall of 2021. Rocket Bunny is about to get a bunch of new orders…
To see more of the 2022 Subaru BRZ, check out the launch video and gallery below. You can find all the official specs below as well.
Afterward, let me know what you think about the new BRZ in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
2022 Subaru BRZ Global Launch Video
2022 Subaru BRZ Gallery
2022 Subaru BRZ Specs
*Preliminary specs. Data not final.
|Vehicle||2+2 sports car|
|Engine||4-cyl. horizontally opposed (Boxer), alloy cylinder block and cylinder heads|
|Bore x stroke||3.70 in. x 3.39 in (94mm x 86mm)|
|Horsepower||228 HP @ 7,000 RPM|
|Torque||184 lb.-ft. @ 3,700 RPM|
|Fuel system||Toyota D-4S® direct fuel injection and port injection system|
|Valvetrain||Double overhead chain-driven camshafts (DOHC), 4 valves per cylinder, dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS) controls valve timing on intake and exhaust camshafts|
|Transmission||Standard: 6-speed manual with short-throw shifter
Optional: 6-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifters and downshift blipping control
Limited-slip rear differential is standard for all.
|Stability/traction control||Vehicle Stability Control with traction control and five settings|
Front: MacPherson-type struts, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Rear: Double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
|Wheels||17-inch aluminum alloy on Premium
18-inch aluminum alloy on Limited
|Tires||215/45 R17 87W Premium
215/40 R18 85Y Limited
|Brakes||4-wheel ventilated disc|
|Exterior Dimensions (in.)|
|Wheelbase||101.4 (plus .02 inch)|
|Length||167.9 (plus 1.2 inch from last generation)|
|Height||51.6 inches (minus .04 inch from last generation)|
|Curb weight (lbs.)||Estimated for U.S. model: 6-speed manual: Premium 2,815 lbs. Limited 2,835
Automatic Premium 2,864 lbs. Automatic Limited 2,881 lbs.