2022 Subaru BRZ Review

After eight years, the first-generation Subaru BRZ has finally evolved into a new, more modern and feature-rich model. However, the car’s DNA as a compact sports car has been preserved. What has changed and what still remains in 2022 Subaru BRZ? Take a look at the full review.

What is the exterior appearance of the 2022 BRZ?

You could say that there is no overly noticeable change between the two generations of Subaru BRZ. The dimensions don’t differ too much either. The car is 30mm longer and 1mm lower than the previous generation. 10 years apart when sold, making the 2022 Subaru BRZ much more modern.

2022 Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ’s changes from the previous generation are not exactly dramatic. Lamp shape looks larger with two LED projector lights and LED daytime running lights underneath. The grille design is also new, with a new front bumper design without fog lamps. Another addition is a lip spoiler with the same finish as the grill above.

The aggressive design of the 2022 Subaru BRZ continues on the side. Especially on the larger fenders and the side grill. The louvre serves to channel air from behind the hood and fender to the side-skirt. This will generate downforce at high speeds. Also, there are fins on the rear fender. These fins help optimize airflow, helping the car’s stability at high speeds. Subaru offers two different wheel options for the new BRZ. 17 inches for the premium variant type and 18 inches for the limited model.

Moving towards the rear of the car, the fenders and rear wheel tread are wider. The rear bumper underneath is decorated with dual exhausts to show off this sports car’s performance. At first glance, this car’s stern is quite similar to that of the Toyota Supra A90. The taillights are also updated. In the bumper section, it also looks identical to the previous model. There is a kind of reflector and reversing light on the rear bumper.

A closer look inside the 2022 Subaru BRZ interior

Let’s move on to the cabin. As a sports car, the Subaru BRZ comes with an interior design that focuses on driving pleasure. Subaru designers and technicians have applied various designs to create a better cabin. Both from the seated position, the dashboard’s design, and the most modern features.

For the second generation, Subaru BRZ comes with an interior specially designed for the driver. Compared to its predecessor, the new BRZ dash appears slimmer with a two-tier design. Subaru inserts buttons and knobs on the main unit’s right and left. The dual-zone AC setup underneath uses a rotary knob, though it’s digital too. Moving on to the gear section, there are two buttons to enable/disable Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and the seat warmers.

2022 Subaru BRZ

As for the cockpit, Subaru BRZ now uses a 7-inch digital instrument cluster with a more modern look. It is dominated by a tachometer with a digital speedometer in the middle. On the left and right, various displays can be adjusted. Such as the car electric power, the water temperature, or even a g-force meter. When the car is in track mode, the tachometer layout changes to a more linear and simple one. As a result, the driver can easily see it and focus more on the road.

Subaru makes driving a sports car feel even more pronounced. The 2022 Subaru BRZ’s seating position is made very low but with good visibility. The bucket seat is made with a shallow position to support fun driving. This seat is also adorned with detailed red stitching. Meanwhile, the rear seats are more suitable for young children. However, the seats can be folded down for a more enormous, more practical load.

What features does the BRZ offer?

2022 Subaru BRZ uses an 8-inch touch screen head unit with the latest version of the SUBARU STARLINK multimedia system. Includes built-in features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Bluetooth hands-free capability and a rear camera.

Subaru offers five different settings for Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control, and Stability System for different driving sensations. Specifically designed to give the driver more prominence before activating traction control. If you want full control over the BRZ, the various assistance systems can be switched off. This will provide a more natural driving experience.

2022 Subaru BRZ

How good is the 2022 Subaru BRZ performance?

The first generation using the 2.0L Boxer engine with code FA20D. The last generation of the BRZ is predicted to use a turbo engine. However, when launched, Subaru kept the first-generation concept with the Boxer (NA) engine. Engine capacity increased to 2.4L. However, the engine does not have a forced induction system like a turbocharger or supercharger.

The performance of the 2022 Subaru BRZ has increased thanks to the engine with a slightly larger cubic. The car’s power increased to 228 HP with a torque that increased to 250 NM. This figure is not too impressive for the size of a high-performance car. But the shortcomings in terms of performance are offset in another way.

BRZ performance

Subaru maintains the character of the second generation BRZ with a low center of gravity thanks to the Boxer engine’s use. This car combines the weight of a light car and almost perfect distribution. So that the reputation for an agile and easy-to-drive sports car continues to endure in 2022 BRZ.

The frame structure of the second generation BRZ uses the Subaru Global Platform as the basis. According to the information we receive, the chassis character of the 2022 BRZ is made more rigid through various reinforced parts. This includes chassis mounts, subframes, and other chassis weld points. As a result, the front chassis rigidity increases by approximately 60% and handling response is expected to improve.

Toby Archer

With experience as an automotive journalist since 2016 in well-known media, Toby has also tested various types of cars and visited world auto shows. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Hotwheels since early 2020

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