MISSISSAUGA: Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) has announced that the much-anticipated world debut of the next-generation BRZ took place recently at the Thermal Club Raceway in Thermal, California.
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 and precision steering and handling in an affordable 2+2 rear-wheel-drive package.
For the 2022 model year, the BRZ features more power, improved styling, a 50-percent increase in stiffness and a modern interior.
Pure Sports Car
The all-new Subaru BRZ is as authentic as it gets – a genuine driving machine laid out in a 2+2 coupe platform with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration. Its foundation is built on an all-new chassis with increased rigidity and ultra-low center of gravity, lower than the previous BRZ and on par with many performance-focused hyper-cars.
New weight-reducing elements like an aluminum hood, roof and fenders help make the new generation BRZ the lightest rear-wheel-drive 2+2 production sports car in the Canadian market. It owns an extremely light curb weight, estimated at just 1,277 kilograms (2,815 lbs.) and a widened wheelbase of 101.4 in. driver to nimbly carve corners.
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, subframe architecture and other connection points.
The multi-link rear suspension system provides outstanding bump absorption to enhance tire grip over varied surfaces.
A new electric power steering system has sharpened driver inputs and is tuned for the excellent feedback. The quicker 13.5:1 steering ratio and small diameter steering wheel provide the Subaru BRZ with extremely swift steering response.
On the track, the standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) stability and traction system offers the driver five different settings.
The system has been redesigned to allow more input from the driver before it activates the traction control system. The system can be turned off completely to put the driver in full control.
Then comes the growl of the all-new, larger 2.4L SUBARU BOXER® engine. The naturally aspirated, direct and port-injected powerplant produces 228 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 184 lbft of torque (15 per cent increase from the previous generation). This gets paired with a choice of two transmissions.
The all-new BRZ is beautifully sculpted with a sophisticated, yet aggressive look that promotes aerodynamics. The tidy coupe design is slightly longer and lower than its predecessor, resulting in a low and wide frontal area set off by large air intakes. The grille is set low and is capped by proud fender arches that allow just enough room for suspension
A narrowed greenhouse accentuates the bold fender flares, and the roofline features a subtle pagoda appearance, a nod to vintage racing cars.
The aggressive front design flows into side view that is dominated by bold front and rear fenders, a large side vent and aggressive aerodynamic tweaks. 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 the back of the car, the large rear fenders and wider track flow into dual exhausts for a low and wide look.
This visual heft is lightened by a narrower greenhouse and rear windshield which flow into a dramatic upturned ducktail rear spoiler. It sits on either 17-inch alloy or 18-inch matte gray-finish alloy wheels with Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4 tires.
On the inside, the all-new premium interior is designed with the driver in mind. The BRZ’s
seating position is low but features excellent sight lines due to use of high-strength steel in the A, B and C -pillars. Contoured sport bucket seats comfortably hug the driver and passenger, allowing for a more in-tune experience with the road and are enhanced with red stitching.
A new customizable 7-inch digital dashboard highlights a center-mounted tachometer with a configurable display that provides the driver with relevant information about their drive and vehicle. The programmable meter can change to show amps, water temperature or a g-force meter, once again emphasizing the BRZ’s performance capability.
For even more safety and peace of mind, Subaru’s EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology has been added to the new BRZ. Acting like an extra set of eyes, EyeSight® uses two cameras to monitor activity on the road and helps identify potentially hazardous situations, assisting the driver when they need it most.
This suite of safety technology includes features like Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Lane-keep Assist and more.
A new 8-inch infotainment touch-screen takes precedence in the center console and features the latest technology, including standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™ and Android ™ Auto, as well as Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, rearview camera and SiriusXM® satellite radio. Placing a further emphasis on safety and convenience, the all-new BRZ is available with SUBARU STARLINK™ Connected Services.
Using the nationwide cellular network, separate from customers’ mobile devices, Connected Services allows customers to stay connected to their vehicle. Integrated directly into the vehicle, the system uses voice-response technology with the addition of live assistance for features such as Advanced Automatic Collision Notification in the event of a collision, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Concierge Service.
Customers can also receive automatic emergency assistance in the event of a collision, schedule service appointments, start their engine remotely (automatic transmission models), adjust climate control, remotely lock and unlock the doors, remotely locate their vehicle, as well as get vehicle alerts such as speed, boundary or curfew alerts, all controlled directly from customers’ smart devices.
The 2022 BRZ will be offered in two well-equipped trims levels, each with an option for manual or automatic transmissions. Production will take place at Subaru’s Gunma, Japan assembly plant.