Subaru recently teased the world with news of a new BRZ coming out. Well, it has happened as the car you’re looking at is indeed the 2022 Subaru BRZ.
Just like its predecessor, the 2022 BRZ maintains the 2+2 seating arrangement and rear-wheel drive, front-engine layout. So what has changed with this one, you ask?
Keen observers will notice the new front end with a new bumper. There are also more pronounced fender flares and haunches on the sides. And the rear end now gets a revised bumper, taillights, and exhaust tips. Subaru also says that each vent on the exterior serves a purpose—to cool certain engine or mechanical bits and aid aerodynamics.
Inside, there is a new 7-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch infotainment system. It still retains the simple and no-frills vibe that makes it an ideal driver’s car devoid of various distractions.
Arguably the most obvious change on paper is the new 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that now puts out 228bhp and 184lb-ft of torque. Mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic, it promises even quicker times off the line.
While Subaru retains the current model’s platform, it does point out that it is stiffer and more balanced than the outgoing model. It likewise uses an improved front McPherson strut and rear Double Wishbone suspension setup.
Another notable change is the availability of EyeSight driver assistance systems. But Subaru says that these will only be offered on AT models. Still, it’s nice to know that i there to help keep drivers in check while they have fun behind the tiller.
And this is what this affordable sports car is all about. It has always been known to offer smiles behind the wheel even without crazy power at your right foot’s disposal. Now, however, the added output should give just a bit more fun while still remaining balanced and composed around the corners.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ is set t to hit the market in the fourth quarter of next year.