The Subaru BRZ is redesigned for the 2022 model year bringing enthusiasts many desirable changes making it a more cohesive affordable rear-wheel-drive sports car.

The Subaru BRZ, along with its Toyota GR86 counterpart, have been trendsetters for the automotive market where it serves up a rarity in having a fun rear-wheel-drive sports car that doesn’t break the bank. In my many reviews of the outgoing Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 I’ve always wanted just a little more out of the small sports car. It seems Subaru and Toyota were listening on their joint venture in making the two low-slung sports coupes by first giving it a new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder boxer (horizontally opposed) engine over the outgoing 2.0-liter.

2022 subaru brz limited side

What the new engine does for the Subaru BRZ is give it a much need power boost but still without any literal boost by retaining its naturally aspirated character but now produces 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters as found in my test vehicle.

2022 subaru brz limited rear

The added power is delightful as the engine no longer gives out of breath from around 4,000 rpm onto the redline at around 7,400 rpm. The 2.4-liter boxer pulls decently and fills the powerband with an exploitable grunt followed by somewhat of a smoother growl. The extra power is enough to break the rear wheels loose at times and induce fun little drifts after going into the track mode to disable the traction and stability control. There’s still a slight coarseness to the BRZ when you rev the engine but now all that fuss is followed up with more usable power.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 Subaru BRZ Limited Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 13:30:03 +0000

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