2022 Subaru BRZ Won’t Be Getting A Turbocharged Engine

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, Automotive Editor - November 18, 2020

The first-gen Subaru BRZ was incredibly capable off of the showroom floor. It’s one of the few sports cars to offer razor-sharp handling, a pure driving experience, and a less-is-more approach when it came to features. Subaru recently revealed the all-new, second-gen and it’s an obvious improvement over the last-gen model. But, and this is a big one, there’s no turbocharged engine.

The 2022 BRZ sticks to the ethos laid out by first-gen model as being a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive sports car. While the personality stays the same, the new BRZ features a curvier, more upscale design. Compared to the out-going model, the new one is roughly an inch longer and half an inch shorter in height. Weight only goes up by 17 pounds, which is impressive.

That brings us to what’s under the sculpted hood. Power for the 2022 BRZ comes from a new 2.4-liter flat-four engine. The motor is rated at 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, which represents an increase of 23 hp and 28 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while a six-speed automatic is available.

Subaru’s decision to go with a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine is strange, as power was one of the large complaints about the old BRZ. The automaker took the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine out of the Subaru Ascent, but removed the turbocharger. In the Ascent, the turbocharged engine produces 260 hp, 32 horsepower more than the 2022 BRZ’s output. With a slight increase in power and a little more weight, the 2022 BRZ won’t be that much quicker than the old model.

Subaru BRZ

Some consumers will be sad to hear that the new BRZ is naturally-aspirated. Frankly, it’s something the majority of enthusiasts expected to see with the new model. But there’s a lot to like with natural aspiration. Naturally-aspirated engines tend to be more reliable, have better throttle response, and have more linear power deliveries. If Subaru’s trying to preserve the BRZ’s raw driving experience, naturally aspirated is the way to go. Plus, we’re sure aftermarket companies will offer a variety of forced induction options for the 2.4-liter engine, allowing consumers to add a turbocharger or supercharger to the engine if they have the budget.

Engine performance may not be that different, but the sports car’s handling has been improved. The automaker claims that the chassis has been stiffened through a reinforced chassis mounting system, while front torsional rigidity has increased by 60%. This should make the 2022 BRZ even more communicative and sharper to drive.

The overall design of the interior mostly remains the same, though the dashboard, center console layout, button designs, and HVAC vents have new designs. The main change on the inside comes in the form of new technology. The sports car now comes with a 7-inch reconfigurable digital gauge cluster, while a new 8-inch infotainment screen features smartphone compatibility. Sports cars with the automatic transmission come with Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology system.

The 2022 BRZ may usher in a new generation of the sports car, but it’s not all that different from the previous generation. The good news is that should mean pricing shouldn’t stray too far away from the 2020 model. Pricing for the 2020 BRZ starts at $29,745 including destination, which should be a good starting point for the 2022 model. The new sports car is expected to go on sale before the end of 2021. Subaru’s new BRZ also gives us our best look at the next-gen Toyota 86 that will be unveiled early next year.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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