After a series of teasers, the new-generation 2022 Subaru BRZ has been officially unveiled. The long-anticipated sports coupe launches into its second-generation with a fresh new look, tightened dynamics, and a more powerful engine.
There’s no doubt the new BRZ has matured a little in its design compared to the outgoing model, with contoured surfaces and rounded off headlamps giving the new rear-wheel drive coupe a sleeker and more upmarket look. The slightly grown up styling is balanced out with visibly sporty elements such as those flared fenders and large bumper intakes.
Based on an adapted Subaru Global Platform, the BRZ’s new chassis is said to deliver a 60 percent increase in front lateral bending rigidity and a 50 percent improvement in torsional stiffness compared to the superseded model. This is thanks to new manufacturing methods such as inner frame construction and structural adhesive application. The stiffer body promises sharper steering response, a more nimble handling and better traction in cornering.
The use of aluminium for the roof, front guards and bonnet offsets the weight increase of the larger engine, while added structural enhancements improve collision safety and contribute to an optimised weight layout and lower centre of gravity.
New style 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels further reduce unsprung weight. They are wrapped in high performance Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.
On the inside, the new BRZ features a minimalist, horizontal style instrument panel positioned low to provide a wider view for more focused driving. Replacing conventional gauges, the combination of a 7-inch digital display and a secondary segment digital display delivers a variety of driving information and performance statistics.
Also new is the 8-inch multimedia infotainment system, which now includes smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A pair of contoured sport seat with firm side bolsters also feature prominently in the revamped cabin.
The 2022 BRZ is powered by Subaru’s new 2.4-litre naturally aspirated boxer engine that utilises Toyota’s D-4S direct fuel injection and port injection system. Representing an increase of 400cc over the current 2.0-litre flat four, the Subaru FA24 engine produces an estimated 170kW of power and 249Nm of torque. The final figures will be confirmed closer to the BRZ’s production roll out in early 2021. Both a six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission will be offered.
The new BRZ continues to ride on a four-wheel independent suspension system, with MacPherson-type struts, lower L-arms and coil springs at the front axle, and a double wishbone and coil springs set up at the rear.
Full technical details of the all-new 2022 Subaru BRZ will be announced in 2021. The new BRZ is also once again jointly developed in partnership with Toyota, where the Toyota badged model will be launched as the Toyota 86.
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