Subaru is committed to its sports cars. Subaru of America announced the next-generation 2022 Subaru BRZ sports coupe today. Get ready to be amazed at the all-new second-generation sports car that underwent a complete redesign. The new BRZ was worth the wait.
The new FA24 2.4-liter Boxer engine powers the 2022 Subaru BRZ, but like Torque News reported earlier, it is non-turbocharged. The BRZ gets a nice bump in power from the current 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The 2022 BRZ comes with 228 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque.
Subaru says the new BRZ has an even lower center of gravity than the previous generation model. And the new model is ultra-light and now comes with an aluminum roof, front fenders, and hood. Subaru says the BRZ has an estimated curb weight of just under 2,900 lbs, which will improve driving performance. It’s now the lightest rear-wheel-drive 2+2 production sports car in the U.S. market.
The suspension gets a 50-percent increase in torsion stiffness, and it should improve handling and driving dynamics. Subaru increased front lateral rigidity by 60-percent by reinforcing the chassis mounting system, sub-frame architecture, and other connection points. Subaru says it will improve turn-in response.
The 2022 BRZ rides on the Subaru Global Platform, and the outside dimensions are slightly bigger with a 101.4-inch wheelbase. The new coupe is an inch longer and almost half an inch lower than the outgoing model. Subaru engineers also widened the rear track for greater stability.
The BRZ gets larger 18-inch alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. The automaker says the 2022 BRZ braking system is revised and upgraded for increased stopping power.
Inside, the second-generation BRZ gets a new cabin featuring a new customizable 7-inch digital dashboard and an 8-inch infotainment touch screen in the center stack. Subaru says the new tachometer features an integrated digital speedometer readout that automatically shifts to a linear graph with a color display that allows for a quick read.
The 2022 BRZ comes in both Premium and Limited trims. It is available with two transmission choices; 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 more rapid downshifts with automatic throttle blipping and utilizes yaw sensors to hold the transmission in a lower gear during hard cornering to maximize performance.
The 2022 BRZ equipped with the automatic gearbox now offers EyeSight Driver Assist Technology with automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control as standard.
Production of the 2022 Subaru BRZ will begin in the spring of 2021, and the newly redesigned sports coupe will go on sale early fall of 2021.
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