“For pure, unadulterated driving delight, the BRZ packs a knockout punch.” That’s but one example of the praise we heaped upon the original Subaru BRZ rear-wheel-drive sports car nearly a decade ago. Now freshly on sale in its long-awaited second generation, we’re enthused to say, well, the same thing.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ, again developed with Toyota alongside its MT Car of the Year-contending GR 86, rides on a revised version of the previous chassis, but it features elements of the newer Subaru Global Platform (SGP). In a nutshell, this delivers increased rigidity—Subaru says torsional strength increased by 50 percent—that allows for stiffer suspension mounting points and stiffer suspension settings for its front strut/rear control arm setup while also delivering better ride quality.
Enthusiasts have wanted more grunt since the BRZ first arrived, and the new car’s engine displacement increased from 2.0 to 2.4 liters, delivering a corresponding output of 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft versus 205 and 156. (The old BRZ’s 5-hp deficit when opting for the automatic transmission is a thing of the past.) Those numbers don’t represent massive bumps, but the torque curve is broader and gives drivers a notably punchier, more usable powerband. As technical director Frank Markus said: “I’m not in love with this engine’s sound, but it certainly performs a million times better than the old one. I’m not even certain it needs a turbo anymore. This is major progress.”
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.