Subaru reveals all-new 2022 BRZ with 228 PS 2.4L Boxer

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 20, 2020

The redesign of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 doppelganger has been a hot story for months now. The BRZ gets a nice bump in power from the current 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. And the new model is ultra-light and now comes with an aluminum roof, front fenders, and hood.

Subaru revealed the 2022 BRZ early Wednesday morning with a 228-horsepower, naturally aspirated boxer engine and a curb weight under 2,900 pounds, even with its optional automatic transmission.

Subaru has unveiled the second generation of its BRZ sports vehicle, which will go on sale in the USA late next year and has been developed alongside the forthcoming Toyota GR86.

The suspension gets a 50-percent increase in torsion stiffness, and it should improve handling and driving dynamics.

"Using design elements from the Subaru Global Platform, the chassis has gained rigidity through a reinforced chassis mounting system, sub-frame architecture and other connection points", Subaru said in its announcement. Subaru says it will improve turn-in response. It has a 2575mm wheelbase and what Subaru claims is "near flawless weight distribution".

2022 Subaru BRZ
Subaru unveils all-new 2022 BRZ sports car as a purist's dream

"The 2022 model grew less than an inch to 167.9" and its wheelbase stretches only 0.2 inches to 101.4". Subaru engineers also widened the rear track for greater stability.

Filling the arches of the high-spec example shown here are 18-inch alloy wheels (up from 17-inch units on entry-level models), identical in design to those fitted to flagship versions of the Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch. The automaker says the 2022 BRZ braking system is revised and upgraded for increased stopping power. When the BRZ is placed in track mode, the tachometer automatically shifts to a linear graph with a color display that allows for a quick read allowing the driver to focus on the road.

Like the original, the 2022 BRZ is the result of a joint collaboration between Toyota and Subaru, with Toyota providing chassis and gearbox and Subaru bringing the boxer four-cylinder engine.

Drive is still fed to the rear wheels through the same choice of six-speed manual or six-speed torque-converter automatic transmissions, though the self-shifter gains a "refined" Sport mode that holds higher gears and delivers snappier shifts. And of course, the auto also gets the full Subaru EyeSight package to boot. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. It may take a while before it eventually arrives in the Philippines, but at least Subaru made a new-generation model.

Nteo Nkoli, marketing and communications specialist at Subaru Southern Africa, told a possible local introduction of the BRZ "will be determined by a number of factors, such as pricing and the model's viability in the market".

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