Subaru boosts the new BRZ’s power & performance on updated 2022 model

The new 2nd-generation BRZ coupe bridges the performance gap with sports cars twice its price — here’s a look at its impressive 2022 specs.

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This is something fans of the popular BRZ have been yearning for — a more powerful version gaining significantly improved driving dynamics with updated styling cues and additional interior features in the mix. 

While there’s still no turbo engine for those expecting one, and frankly, the outgoing model was an overachieving track rocket to begin with, this second-generation 2022 BRZ improves in every way possible for the racing purists, rendering a high-performance yet affordable 2+2, real-wheel drive coupe that’ll easily go toe-to-toe on the track with sports cars over twice its price. 

More horsepower & torque for 2022 courtesy of a bigger 2.4L engine

2022 Subaru BRZ front drifting
2022 Subaru BRZ. Photo: Subaru

A larger, naturally-aspirated 2.4L engine is good for 228-hp at 7,000 RPM —up over 20 horses from the outgoing model’s 2.0L powerplant making 205-hp; torque improves 15-percent as well, rated at 184 lb-ft of torque. One of the best BRZ features stays intact: a 6-speed manual transmission Subaru improved for 2022; optional is the enhanced 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters the Japanese automaker says will now generate even better acceleration. 

New chassis improves handling: lower stance, wider, less weight, and added rigidity 

Retaining that wide, low-slung design, expect the 2022 BRZ to sit even lower and wider than before thanks to a new chassis gaining an even lower centre of gravity with significantly more rigidity, particularly up front where lateral bending rigidity has been increased by 60-percent. The wheelbase widens to 2,575 millimetres (101.4 in).

2022 Subaru BRZ rear profile
2022 Subaru BRZ. Photo: Subaru

A new electric power steering system will offer better driver feedback and the BRZ’s traction system with 5 drive modes — dubbed Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) — also gets a major overhaul; when the track calls, driver’s can disable the VSC altogether for more control. 

Ringing in at at a lower 1,277 kilograms (2,815 lbs.) curb weight, Subaru managed to shed the BRZ’s weight by introducing more aluminum to the hood, fenders, and roof. 

2022 Subaru BRZ Performance Specs:

Performance:

Engine & Displacement2.4-liter, 4-cyl. horizontally-opposed (Boxer), alloy cylinder block and cylinder heads
Horsepower228 hp @ 7,000 RPM
Torque184 lb.-ft. @3,700 RPM
Fuel systemDirect and port fuel injection
ValvetrainDouble overhead chain-driven camshafts (DOHC)
TransmissionStandard: 6-speed manual with short-throw shifter;
Optional: 6-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifters and downshift blipping control
Stability/traction controlVehicle Stability Control with traction control and five settings

Footwork:

Suspension4-wheel independent
Stability/traction controlVehicle Stability Control with traction control and five settings
Wheels17” aluminum alloy
18” aluminum alloy
Tires215/45 R17 87W
215/40 R18 85Y
Brakes4-wheel ventilated disc
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Shooting motors professionally since film was a thing, Amee's work has appeared in various outlets including NBC Sports, Chicago Tribune, SuperStreet, GlobeDrive, MotorTrend, and others. Today, he's a full-time digital & content marketing consultant helping brands grow online, the managing editor at TractionLife.com, and always a photographer. Find him travelling, spending time with his kids & family. Or golfing, poorly.

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