As promised, the new second-generation Subaru BRZ was virtually unveiled this morning. Was the wait worth it? Of course, you’ll have to try it out on the road and on the track to find out, but the car offers some nice surprises… and some disappointments.
First, Subaru engineers wisely kept the attributes that made the original’s trademark – light weight, a very low center of gravity (lower than before) and precise steering. The hood, roof and fenders are all aluminum, which brings the scale down to just 1,277 kilograms (2,815 pounds), believe it or not.
The BRZ 2022 gets a new chassis that is 50% stiffer and its wheelbase has been lengthened to 2,575 millimeters, which promises to improve handling and cornering attack. This is combined with a new, more responsive steering with a shorter 13.5: 1 ratio. In addition, the 17 or 18-inch alloy rims in matt gray color can be fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires for better grip.
The car is still propelled by its rear wheels, but its stability management system (five possible settings) has been reconfigured to raise the traction control threshold. Of course, you can turn it off completely to enjoy complete slip freedom.
Under the hood, many rumors suggested a turbo engine derived from other Subaru models such as the Legacy and Outback, but it is once again a naturally aspirated engine that we find. At least the displacement has been increased from 2.0 to 2.4 liters and horsepower from 205 to 228 horsepower (accessible at 7,000 rpm, so be prepared to make the engine scream). As for torque, it climbs from 156 to 184 lb-ft.
Subaru has chosen to keep the six-speed manual transmission in the catalog to please purists. The alternative is a six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a downshift rev matching function (the system throws the accelerator slightly so as not to break the pace).
Design-wise, the Subaru BRZ 2022 is slightly longer and lower than its predecessor, accentuated by more muscular fenders and narrower side windows. Overall, it is quite easy to recognize. Note that the functional openings on the sidewalls reduce the drag effect by evacuating the air trapped under the hood and the wings towards the deflector molded in the threshold.
The interior of the BRZ has also been modernized. Sport seats with strong downforce and red stitching are complemented by a new, customizable seven-inch screen behind the steering wheel. The driver can choose what information he wants to see and, in Track mode, the tachometer is automatically displayed as a color line graph.
In the center of the dashboard, the new eight-inch infotainment screen is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services for remote car assistance, monitoring and control.
Finally, for the first time, the BRZ will be available with EyeSight driver assistance technology, which includes inter alia pre-collision automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and steering assistance. keeping in lane.
The Subaru BRZ 2022 will be available in two versions. Pricing will be announced as it goes on sale next year. We are now waiting for the new Toyota 86!