Subaru has finally pulled the wraps off the new 2022 BRZ, the second generation of the Japanese sports coupe, which now features an improved chassis, a new naturally aspirated engine, and the same performance focus as its predecessor.
Let’s begin with what’s under the bonnet; Subaru opted for a new naturally aspirated 2.4-liter flat-four engine with a redline at 7,000 rpm, producing 228 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. That’s 15 percent more torque than the previous model.
The new engine helps the 2022 Subaru BRZ to achieve an even lower center of gravity and will be paired to either a standard six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission that features a new Sport mode for more rapid downshifts.
Subaru claims that the new BRZ is the lightest 2+2 production sports car in the U.S. market, tipping the scales at just under 2,900 lbs (1,315 kg) estimated. That’s possible thanks to the use of aluminum for the roof, front fenders, and hood. The chassis has been reinforced to the point it now offers 50 percent greater torsional stiffness, thanks to a new chassis mounting system, sub-frame architecture and other connection points.
The new BRZ however doesn’t sacrifice everyday comfort either, offering a useful cargo area that has space for things like a mountain bike, golf clubs, or even a set of tires and tools for track days with the rear seats folded.