2022 Subaru BRZ Teased, Debuts This Fall
Subaru ended production of the first-generation BRZ at the end of July without going into the details of the arrival of its successor. Fast forward to October, a teaser image posted on social media announces that the world premiere of the “all-new” sports car will take place this fall. That could mean the rear-wheel-drive coupe will debut in November.
Once again paired with the Toyota 86, the new BRZ was likely on the Los Angeles Auto Show debut list before the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the moment, we only have this one teaser image showing the wheel design and a bit of the camouflaged body. It looks like the front brakes are cooled via the ventilated arches while those ten spoke wheels are apparently borrowed from the Toyota GR Yaris.
That’s all Subaru is willing to reveal at the moment, without any information regarding the technical specifications. There have been conflicting reports that the BRZ and 86 will finally get turbocharged, but the latest information suggests the dynamic duo will stick with a naturally aspirated powertrain. The cars would have the Subaru FA24 2.4-liter flat-four engine with 217 horsepower (162 kilowatts) and 177 pound-feet (240 Newton-meters) of torque. That’s a bit more than the current 2.0-liter unit developing 205 hp (152 kW) and 156 lb-ft (211 Nm) of torque (or 151 lb-ft with the automatic gearbox).
It is believed that customers will have a choice between a six-speed manual gearbox from the current model or a new automatic gearbox designed for sports cars. A while ago Toyota said its new 86 would be better to drive than the Supra, which would mean the BRZ should offer a more engaging experience behind the wheel as well.
Speaking of the 86, Toyota’s version hit the road in August with similar proportions combined with completely redesigned front and rear fairings. This camouflaged prototype looked like a refresh of the original bones rather than a completely new development, which would apply to the BRZ as well. That being said, Subaru says its next BRZ is “brand new,” so we’re getting mixed signals.
With the start of fall promised, we won’t have to wait much longer to see the BRZ. Hopefully the 86 isn’t far behind.