Ahead of its local launch in the first quarter of 2022, local pricing and specifications for the 2022 Subaru BRZ coupe have been announced. Priced from $38,990 plus on-road costs, the new BRZ offers a range of improvements over the first generation car, including a larger 2.4-litre engine, a much wider range of technology, more refinement and, according to the brand, even greater handling. The 2022 Subaru BRZ was revealed earlier this year with the Toyota GR 86 twin-under-the-skin, which is also due in Australia soon.
Subaru General Manager, Blair Read, said: “Inline with Subaru’s hard-earned reputation for great balance and control, all BRZ components are designed to be optimally placed for maximum performance.
“BRZ’s improved power to weight ratio applies lessons learned from the much-admired Subaru Global Platform.
“This means BRZ’s unique platform is furthered strengthened and when combined with an engine with more power with an even lower centre of gravity, you get the feeling it can’t possibly get any better as a fun driver’s car!”
2022 Subaru BRZ Performance:
Centre of the 2022 Subaru BRZ – and its biggest upgrade over the last model – is an enlarged 2.4-litre four-cylinder Boxer petrol engine. It makes 173kW of power and 250Nm of torque, which is 21kW/38Nm more than the previous manual and 26kW/45Nm more than the previous generation automatic.
The 0-100km/h sprint time is now approximately 1.5 seconds faster than the previous model at around 6.5 seconds and fuel economy – based off Japan’s fuel economy cycle – will be around 8.5L/100km.
Despite being based on the same platform as before, Subaru claims that the new BRZ has achieved a 50 per cent increase in torsional stiffness, and 60 per cent greater front lateral bending rigidity thanks to a range of structural tweaks. These tweaks have made the BRZ even more fun to drive than the previous model, according to the company.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ’s styling is familiar, but more curvaceous this time around, with larger rear hips and taillights, as well as a more aggressive front end. Measuring 4.26m long, 1.77m wide, 1.31m high and with a 2.57m long wheelbase, the 2022 Subaru BRZ is 20cm longer, the same width, slightly taller and with an identical wheelbase to the current model.
2022 Subaru BRZ Range:
Two versions of the 2022 Subaru BRZ will be offered in Australia: the entry-level car (which is just called BRZ) and the higher-spec S. Standard kit on the BRZ includes 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, automatic all-LED lighting, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, inbuilt satellite navigation and digital radio, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and push button start, heated and electric-folding mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake, a mechanical limited-slip differential, cruise control and paddle shifters (auto only).
Safety kit includes seven airbags, cornering headlights, a reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and cornering headlights. Automatic variants add automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic reverse braking and auto high beam.
Manual variants of both the BRZ and 86 unfortunately miss out on features such as automatic braking globally and Subaru Australia says that it is working with the factory to open such features to the manual as well. We certainly hope so as Subaru is one of the only brands globally to not offer such features for manual drivers.
The BRZ S (manual: $40,190, auto: $42,790) adds suede and leather upholstery and heated front seats.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ will be available in ‘Crystal White Pearl’, ‘Ice Silver Metallic’, ‘Magnetite Grey Metallic’, ‘Crystal Black Silica’, ‘Sapphire Blue Pearl’ (new), ‘Ignition Red’ (new) and the iconic ‘WR Blue Pearl’.
2022 Subaru BRZ Launch:
Despite production delays hitting every global car marker, Subaru expects to launch the 2022 Subaru BRZ in January 2022 with the first deliveries due early in the first quarter of 2022.
As when the first-generation BRZ launched nine years ago, the new model will be available online and Subaru reports that 2,900 people have already placed expressions of interest online. An initial batch of 500 cars will be offered in 2022.
2022 Subaru BRZ pricing (plus on-road costs):
- BRZ six-speed manual: $38,990
- BRZ six-speed automatic: $42,790
- BRZ S six-speed manual: $40,190
- BRZ S six-speed automatic: $43,990
The 2022 Subaru BRZ is available to pre-order online now ahead of first Australian deliveries in the first quarter of 2022. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.