The 2022 Subaru BRZ was revealed in November of last year to a fervent fan base who have been waiting with baited breath finally see what the next BRZ would be.
It turned out that while the 2022 Subaru BRZ looks considerably different from it’s predecessor, underneath the body work it is effectively the same car. The two biggest changes coming in a stiffened chassis and a slight bump in horsepower and torque.
The specs were revealed but the price wasn’t. Which left many guessing how much the 2022 BRZ would weigh on wallets. We speculated that Subaru would do their best to keep the price under $30k.
How much does the 2022 Subaru BRZ cost?
It was officially announced that the 2022 Subaru BRZ will have a starting MSRP of $27,995. Very close to the $30k mark but just under.
At the starting MSRP buyers will get a Torsen limited-slip differential, keyless entry, push button start, stability control, track mode, and 17 inch alloy wheels standard.
There are other “quality of life” features that come standard including a new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that allows the user to assign an ID to two different sets of wheels. The use case being that the user can have a dedicated set of wheels for the track that may be larger or smaller and the TPMS can adjust for them. There are also heated power mirrors, dual climate control, and an incline start assist system for those tricky situations when one has to park up hill.
Buyers who don’t want to deal with three pedals can spring for the Premium package which comes with an automatic transmission, and Subaru’s “EyeSight” driver assist technology. The EyeSight suite of tech includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking system, lane departure warning and a few more features.
Though for all of that tech the price shoots up to $29.595. Still technically under $30k though!
However, if someone really wants to spend over $30k for the 2022 Subaru BRZ they can. All they have to do is spring for the “Limited” package which adds 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires, blind spot detection, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, steering responsive headlights, and the STARLINK security and safety system.
The Limited package comes in at $30,495 or $32,295 with the automatic transmission. However, the truth remains that technically a 2022 Subaru BRZ can be had under $30,000 so Subaru hit their mark.
Though, to do that, they had to omit a few things that many people wanted.
Why the 2022 Subaru BRZ doesn’t have a turbo
The 2022 Subaru BRZ doesn’t have the turbo that so many enthusiasts were hoping for (including us). While that disappointed some (also including us), there was a pretty good reason for the absence of boost.
The heart of what makes the Subaru BRZ (and Toyota GR 86) what they are is the fact that they are supposed to be lightweight, accessible, fun, rear-wheel drive cars. The key word in that description is “accessible” which can be broken down into two factors: power and price.
We’ll talk about “power” first. The 2022 Subaru BRZ makes 228 horsepower from its 2.4 liter boxer engine. Now 228 isn’t an anemic number but it is definitely less than what is commonly found in sports cars these days. However, that amount of power is just right (according to Subaru) for the car’s weight. It’s also not so much power that the average person would have trouble controlling it.
If you want to know what we mean just search YouTube for videos of Mustangs leaving “cars & coffee” meets.
The second is price. Boost is not cheap. It requires additional engine parts to make sure it can handle the strain of forced induction, as well as additional lines and other auxiliary pieces to make everything work properly. Not only does that add to the cost but it adds to the weight.
So, by omitting a turbo, Subaru ensures that the BRZ isn’t too powerful for the average driver, and keeps the price point down at first purchase and in terms of maintenance.
There you have it. In order for Subaru to keep the BRZ offering RWD sports car fun, they had to leave the turbo out.
What do you think about the pricing of the 2022 Subaru BRZ? Would you rather pay more if it meant getting that sweet, sweet turbo goodness? Or do you prefer the ability to buy a lightweight, balanced car for less than $30k? Let us know in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.