The 2022 Subaru BRZ Offers the Power and Performance We’ve Waited For

The Subaru BRZ and its matching chassis, the Toyota 86, were originally designed to be affordable rear-wheel-drive sports cars that offered buyers aggressive styling and a fun handling experience. Of course, for the low price of either of these cars, those benefits didn’t come without compromise, and, for the most part, that meant that neither was particularly powerful. The new 2022 Subaru BRZ, however, features a newly redesigned body with much-anticipated upgrades in power, torque, and overall performance that’ll make the BRZ really stand out.

All new 2022 Subaru BRZ, same affordable price

a snowy subaru badge that will be one of the only things kept the same on the newly redesigned 2022 subaru brz
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In 2020, the Subaru BRZ would set you back $31,120 brand new for the base model, according to Edmunds, but the Subaru website shows that the 2022 Subaru BRZ will be starting at an even more affordable MSRP of $27,995. With all of the changes and upgrades next year’s model is getting, it’s almost too good to believe — after all, how does a car simulataneously get cheaper and better?

A bigger, better engine for better performance

One feature that may intrigue current BRZ owners and entice buyers who may be interested in the 2022 Subaru BRZ is the upgrades to the motor. Under the hood now sits a bigger 2.4-liter boxer engine that offers a reported 15% more torque than the previous model year and an improved 228 hp. If you want a direct comparison, the 2021 Subaru BRZ had a smaller 2.0-liter boxer engine that only offer 205 hp. It isn’t a major leap in power to anything groundbreaking, but enough to give the car a bit more of an edge. It maintains it’s rear-wheel drive layout for excellent handling — well, as good as you can get from a front-engine sports car.

The 2022 Subaru BRZ just keeps getting better


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If the slightly boost in power isn’t enough to catch your interest, that isn’t all for the remodeled and even more-aggressively styled 2022 Subaru BRZ. From a safety and technology standpoint, the new BRZ features every new standard safety feature buyers are currently looking for, and then some, as well as new tech, including:

  • Pre-collision braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Starlink Safety and Security
  • Enhanced roadside assistance with automotica collision notifications
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • STARLINK cloud connection
  • Upgraded 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system

If that isn’t enough to get your attention, it’s definitly worth noting that the 2022 Subaru BRZ will be offered with a manual transmission option, making it one of a small group of new rear-wheel drive sports cars that will be produced for next year’s models with a clutch pedal and short-throw shifter. Transmission options will include a six-speed manual transmission and six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for added fun.

Altogether the 2022 Subaru BRZ comes with all of the upgrades and changes many buyers and sports car enthusiasts have been waiting for inside and out. From new appearances, upgraded performance, and more tech than ever before, the 2022 BRZ will likely be the best model year for the car yet.