The second-generation Subaru BRZ is coming to Oz

SUBARU Australia has introduced its second-generation BRZ, which, although based on a new platform, retains the elements that made its predecessor such an elemental sports car – a lightweight, compact package with a naturally aspirated engine that drives the rear wheels via a limited motor. – slip diff.

From launch, the new range includes a pair of derivatives – Coupe and Coupe S, both available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic (with paddle shifters on the steering wheel).

Compared to the outgoing lineup, the MY22 model, which starts at $38,990 – plus on-road costs – has increased in price to between $3720 and $5210.

Now based on the Japanese brand’s modular global platform, the second-generation BRZ’s wheelbase and overall length have increased by 5mm and 25mm respectively, while its height has been reduced by 15mm. The body of the newcomer offers approximately 60% more rigidity in front lateral bending and 50% more torsional rigidity than before and the rear track has notably been widened by 10 mm.

As expected, the new BRZ offers many more standard specifications than before, but it weighs only 3 kg and 8 kg more (the manual and automatic versions, respectively) than its predecessor, as aluminum has been used extensively for the newcomer’s hood, front fenders and roof skin.

Under the bonnet, a 2.4-litre flat-four petrol engine with direct and indirect injection has replaced the 2.0-litre unit of the previous model – it develops 174 kW at 7,000 rpm and 250 Nm at 3,700 rpm /min, always sent to the rear wheels via a mechanical limited-slip differential. This represents improvements of 22 kW and 38 Nm for manual cars and 27 kW and 45 Nm for automatic cars.

All derivatives feature steering-responsive, self-leveling LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres; an STI styling pack (with front and rear bumpers, mud flaps, side skirts and boot lid garnishes) is optional.

Standard equipment list includes smart key access with push-button start, leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel and shift/transmission, dual-zone climate control, customizable 7.0 digital instrument panel inches and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and includes DAB+ digital radio and integrated satellite navigation.

While the standard upholstery is cloth, the S trim adds Ultrasuede and leather trim along with heated front seats. All trims offer a quartet of selectable drive modes that work in conjunction with Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), including Normal, TCS (traction control) Off, Track and TCS Off.

Finally, the BRZ uses Active Sound Control to enhance engine sound inside the cabin.

Along with the expected active and passive safety features, the new BRZ includes blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, while automatic versions get selectable Sport and Snow transmission modes, automatic braking in reverse, as well as the EyeSight stereoscopic camera driving assistance system, owned by the Shibuya-based brand.

EyeSight, which was not offered on the first-generation model, bolsters the sports car’s safety suite with a pre-collision braking system with brake assist and throttle management, adaptive cruise control, start-up alert of the leading vehicle, lane departure warning and lane sway warning functions.

The all-new Subaru BRZ comes standard with Subaru’s five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, five-year price capped maintenance program and twelve-month roadside assistance program.

Like GoAuto previously reported, the first allocation of 500 new BRZ units have all been pre-sold and deliveries of the newcomer will begin soon.

Subaru Australia is negotiating with the parent company to get more stock and will make an announcement to that effect in a few months.

2022 Subaru BRZ Pricing*:

Cut $38,990 (new model)
S-coupe $40,190 (new model)
Cut (a) $42,790 (new model)
Coupe S (a) $43,990 (new model)

*Price excludes road travel costs.

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