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      11-18-2020, 07:36 AM   #1
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Next Generation 2022 Subaru BRZ Revealed

https://media.subaru.com/pressreleas...r-18th-release

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November 18, 2020 , Camden, N.J. -

ALL-NEW 2022 SUBARU BRZ MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT

Sports Car Purity, Subaru DNA.
Subaru BRZ focuses on ultra-low center of gravity, low weight and pin-sharp handling.
New 2.4-liter naturally aspirated Subaru BOXER engine debuts with 228 HP.
Lightest rear-wheel drive 2+2 production sports car in U.S. market.
The all-new, rear-wheel drive 2022 Subaru BRZ sports car made its Global Debut today at the Thermal Club Raceway in Thermal, CA. Subaru developed the all-new BRZ with the same fundamentals of sports car design that it used to create the original: low vehicle weight, an ultra-low center of gravity with precision steering and handling in an affordable 2+2 package. But for the 2022 model year, the BRZ features more power, better handling, improved styling, a 50-percent increase in torsional stiffness and a modern interior. A pure sports car with Subaru DNA.

Running counter to the current trend of power over precision, the 2022 Subaru BRZ focuses on simplicity and fun. Designed to deliver an unmatched driving experience, the all-new BRZ features a new and more powerful 228 horsepower 2.4-liter horizontally opposed engine. Sitting low in the chassis, the Subaru BOXER’s unique design allows the BRZ to achieve a Center of Gravity (CoG) even lower than the previous BRZ and on par with exotic hyper-cars. The ultra-low CoG is critical to delivering unrivaled handling, with a low polar moment and quick reaction to driver inputs. The 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine redlines at 7,000 RPM and delivers a 15-percent increase in torque. The 2022 BRZ will be offered in both Premium and Limited trims and is available with two transmission choices; a standard six-speed manual or an available six-speed automatic with a new Sport mode designed for more aggressive driving. The new Sport mode allows for more rapid downshifts with automatic throttle blipping and utilizes yaw sensors to hold the transmission in a lower gear during hard cornering to maximize performance.

Clever and Modern Design

Despite its sporting intentions, the 2022 Subaru BRZ does not sacrifice everyday comfort and practicality. The 2+2 seating and folding rear seats create a useful cargo area that has space for carrying a mountain bike, golf clubs, or even four race tires and tools for track days. Utilizing aluminum for the roof, front fenders and hood, the 2022 Subaru BRZ has an estimated curb weight of just under 2,900 lbs., delivering on its promise of accessible performance.

The BRZ’s bold new styling is as impressive as its handling prowess. The overall impression is modern, agile and powerful, with focused and functional aerodynamic details. The tidy coupe design is just over an inch longer and almost half an inch lower than its predecessor, resulting in a low and wide frontal area set off by large functional air intakes. The grille is set low and is capped by proud fender arches that allow just enough room for suspension points. A narrowed greenhouse accentuates the bold fender flares and the roofline features a subtle “double bubble” appearance, a nod to vintage racing cars.

The aggressive design flows into bold front fenders with a large side vent. The functional side vent reduces drag by ducting air from under the hood and fenders. The released air is directed to a side sill spoiler that creates downforce at speed. A small fin at the back of the rear-wheel arch also assists in airflow adding stability at speed. At the rear of the car, the large rear fenders and wider track flow into dual exhausts for a low and wide stance. This visual heft is lightened by a narrower greenhouse and rear hatch which flow into a dramatic upturned “ducktail” rear spoiler.

Driver Focused Interior

For 2022, the Subaru BRZ features a new interior with every detail focused on the driver. A new customizable 7-inch digital dashboard is the focal point with the tachometer front and center featuring an integrated digital speedometer readout. To the left of the tachometer is a programmable meter that can change to show amps, water temperature or a g-meter, once again emphasizing the BRZ’s performance capability. 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.

The overall cabin design is contemporary and modular with improved driver amenities. The 8-inch infotainment touch screen takes precedence in the center stack and features the latest SUBARU STARLINK™ multimedia systems, including standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™ and Android ™ Auto, as well as Bluetoothģ hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, rear vision camera and SiriusXMģ services. Limited trims feature telematics and vehicles equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission also feature Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.

In keeping with its sports car dynamics, the BRZ seating position is low, but features excellent sight lines due to use of high strength steel in the A, B and C -pillars, keeping them thin but strong. Deeply contoured bucket seats provide support and are enhanced with red detail stitching. The folding rear seats and spacious rear cargo area round out a comfortable and practical interior.

Chassis

Featuring a bespoke chassis, the BRZ takes full advantage of its ultra-low center of gravity and high-strength body structure. With a 101.4-inch wheelbase and near perfect weight distribution, the 2022 Subaru BRZ is nimble and easy to control. The front suspension uses struts and coil springs to keep weight low. 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. Front lateral bending rigidity has been increased by 60-percent for the 2022 model to improve turn-in and response. The front suspension features custom-designed MacPherson-type struts to optimize the low hood line while retaining a long stroke for ideal handling and ride quality. The double wishbone rear suspension system provides outstanding bump absorption to enhance tire grip over varied surfaces.

For track driving, the standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) traction and stability system offers the driver five different settings. The system has been redesigned to allow more input from the driver before it activates the traction system. The system can be turned completely off to put the driver in full control.

Production of the Subaru BRZ will be at Subaru’s Gunma, Japan assembly plant. The BRZ will go on sale early fall of 2021.

Preliminary Specifications. All data estimated and not final.

Vehicle 2+2 sports car
Engine 4-cyl. horizontally opposed (Boxer), alloy cylinder block and cylinder heads
Displacement 2.4-liter
Bore x stroke 3.70 in. x 3.39 in (94mm x 86mm)
Compression ratio 13.5:1
Horsepower 228 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Torque 184 lb.-ft. @ 3,700 RPM
Fuel system Toyota D-4Sģ direct fuel injection and port injection system
Valvetrain Double overhead chain-driven camshafts (DOHC), 4 valves per cylinder, dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS) controls valve timing on intake and exhaust camshafts
Transmission Standard: 6-speed manual with short-throw shifter
Optional: 6-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifters and downshift blipping control
Limited-slip rear differential is standard for all.
Stability/traction control Vehicle Stability Control with traction control and five settings
Suspension 4-wheel independent
Front: MacPherson-type struts, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Rear: Double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Wheels 17-inch aluminum alloy on Premium
18-inch aluminum alloy on Limited
Tires 215/45 R17 87W Premium
215/40 R18 85Y Limited

Brakes 4-wheel ventilated disc
Exterior Dimensions (in.)
Wheelbase 101.4 (plus .02 inch)
Length 167.9 (plus 1.2 inch from last generation)

Width 69.9 inches
Height 51.6 inches (minus .04 inch from last generation)
Curb weight (lbs.) Estimated for U.S. model: 6-speed manual: Premium 2,815 lbs. Limited 2,835
Automatic Premium 2,864 lbs. Automatic Limited 2,881 lbs.
















































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Interior looks much better. Outside looks a little like an LCI, but not bad.
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As an original owner of the BRZ when it was released in 2012, this is somewhat disappointing to see. There's nothing wrong with the design, but they needed to do more in my opinion. Also, what's with the boxy looking '90s interior?? That was an area that I would have liked to see some major rework!
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Still no turbo. On a positive note, torque comes on lower in the rev range.

That interior though... If not for the touchscreen, that center console looks like an early 90s Ford Escort.
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Still no turbo. On a positive note, torque comes on lower in the rev range.

That interior though... If not for the touchscreen, that center console looks like an early 90s Ford Escort.
Exactly my thought too The interior is inherited from the early nineties
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Looks nice, rear is very NSX but overall looks more LCI, but in a good way. The interior I'm sure is cheap, but I think we all need to remember that this car is starting under $30k. Very hard to find what this car offers for the price in anything other than a Miata.
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Exactly my thought too The interior is inherited from the early nineties
As a former BRZ owner - the interior never bothered me. In fact the seats, shifter, steering wheel were all great and the seating position is one of the best in any car.

The new interior is simple and straightforward with modern digital gauges. The seats look great and itís one of the last cars to have a MANUAL HANDBRAKE!

Plus all this for $30k is huge value.
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I'm glad they didn't go for an overly aggressive look. It reminds me of an RX-8.
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I had a '14 BRZ and loved it, great autox car.

The new design is meh, front ends resembles a Jag F-Type and those taillights scream "Civic."

Also, the front "dripping snot" ducts are ugly lol.
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What FT86Club thinks about the new BRZ.

https://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143209
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I’m very happy that it’s staying NA and gets a small power bump.

I’m not sure I like the front end though? Maybe it will grow on me. I really don’t like they put a flat area in for a license plate. I like the side and rear though.

Looking forward to seeing what Toyota does with the platform. I think one of the versions will be my next car.
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Frontend looks to Porsche-esque too me, maybe has a little of an rx8 as somebody noted. Itís good they are still doing something, but used brz is a better buy, they just didnít do enough to make people want this new gen over the first one.
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Still way underpowered for what it is. Disappointing. The one major flaw of the car was the power, and itís still basically unchanged.

Iím ok with the styling at this price point, but lack of reasonable power is a deal breaker for me.

Hope they release a 300+hp turbo version later.
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Still way underpowered for what it is. Disappointing. The one major flaw of the car was the power, and itís still basically unchanged.

Iím ok with the styling at this price point, but lack of reasonable power is a deal breaker for me.

Hope they release a 300+hp turbo version later.
I can't agree more. Idk what the obsession is from journalists and some enthusiasts/apologists is with keeping it N/A. It's not like a 230hp 4 cylinder is anything to brag about. Swap in a Civic Type R or WRX engine and tell me it isn't a better car for it. I wouldn't call an engine with less than 100hp/liter high strung by 2020 standards.

Maybe Subaru doesn't want their turbo flat 4 in Toyota showrooms. I can respect that, but this car is held back for it.
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I can't agree more. Idk what the obsession is from journalists and some enthusiasts/apologists is with keeping it N/A. It's not like a 230hp 4 cylinder is anything to brag about. Swap in a Civic Type R or WRX engine and tell me it isn't a better car for it. I wouldn't call an engine with less than 100hp/liter high strung by 2020 standards.

Maybe Subaru doesn't want their turbo flat 4 in Toyota showrooms. I can respect that, but this car is held back for it.
Spot on. I love NA V8s. And V10s. But they already have well over 450hp and TQ, and donít need help from FI. A 4 banger has half of that, and none of the sound. And it needs all the help it can get. This car would be a drivers dream with extra 80hp and 60tq.
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Not sure about overly smiley front end, and NSX rear end. Would have to see in person.

HP is finally somewhat respectable. I couldn't stand the car in stock form in the previous generation.
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Front looks like a Ford/Mazda mash-up and the rear looks like NSX tail lights to me still (obviously not connected like the NSX).

Love the concept of cheap, light weight, RWD manual. I daily drove a '98 240sx for 8 years. I'll still pass on this though. Design doesn't do it for me
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The old car looked better IMO.

This car is definitely a mixed bag. The appearance is definitely a step back, maybe a big step. The engine though might be perfect for this chassis. Interior is hard to tell.
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yeah, seriously, the front plate spot is killing it for me. More and more states have gotten away from the front plates.
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