228-HP 2022 Subaru BRZ Sticks to the Purist Sports-Car Formula

  • The second-generation Subaru BRZ is here with a 228-hp 2.4-liter boxer-four and standard six-speed manual transmission (#SavetheManuals).
  • It’s nearly the same size as its predecessor, but it has a new look with added aero as well as a digital cockpit.
  • The 2022 Subaru BRZ will go on sale in the U.S. in the fall of 2021.

    As automotive enthusiasts we always want more. That’s why, when rumors started to swirl that the next-gen Subaru BRZ could use forced induction to make more power, we got excited, hoping that a turbocharged engine would give the rear-wheel-drive sports car more potency. Subaru didn’t fulfill that fantasy, but we’re fine with that because the 2022 BRZ will still be more powerful than its predecessor while keeping its purist-sports-car formula.

    In order to stick to that creed while making more power, the second-generation BRZ replaces the previous-gen’s 2.0-liter engine with a more powerful naturally aspirated 2.4-liter flat-four that revs to 7500 rpm. The slightly larger-displacement engine produces 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, increases of 23 horsepower and 28 lb-ft. Power is routed to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential, although a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and a new Sport mode is available.

    At just over an inch longer and half an inch lower, the 2022 BRZ has almost the same proportions as the previous-generation car, though its wheelbase has been stretched by two-tenths of an inch. The new BRZ also has more upright headlights, jagged looks, and sleeker taillights connected by a style line. Its grille is lowered, and new side vents behind the front wheels send air from under the front of the car to the more pronounced side skirts for additional downforce. Small fins on the rear-wheel arches also aid grip, as does an integrated rear lip spoiler. The base Premium model sits on 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-season tires while the Limited is equipped with a set of 18s on Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber.

    Subaru has also improved the BRZ’s interior with a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster, which can be customized to display things including a water temperature gauge and a g-meter. The previous model’s standard 6.2-inch infotainment screen is swapped out for a larger 8.0-inch unit with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and the bucket seats keep their red stitching.

    The 2022 Subaru BRZ, available as either a Premium or Limited model, will go on sale in the U.S. in the fall of next year. Pricing is expected to start around $30,000.

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