Subaru’s rear-wheel drive sports car is available to order again, but those who’ve been waiting will need to dig deeper into their piggy banks to secure a car.
Prices are up across the BRZ range, which is unchanged compared to the 2022 model. The cost of entry has jumped above $40,000 before on-road costs, while the range-topper now starts above $45,000 before on-roads.
This time around the allocation of cars isn’t capped for Australia, and current orders are on track to arrive during the third quarter of 2022. The first batch of 500 cars sold out shortly after orders opened.
Two variants will once again be offered, both with a choice between manual or automatic transmission.
The new BRZ is rear-wheel drive, and is powered by a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine. It’s grown from 2.0- to 2.4 litres between the first and second generation, and its power and torque figures have jumped.
It appears that the platform beneath the body is a revision rather than a wholesale replacement, though Subaru says it’s applied some lessons from the modular Global Platform underpinning many of its other models.
“Adopting new methods such as inner frame construction and structural adhesive application, BRZ’s new body delivers a 60 per cent increase in front lateral bending rigidity and a 50 per cent increase in torsional stiffness,” the company claims.
- 2022 Subaru BRZ manual: $40,290 (+$1300)
- 2022 Subaru BRZ automatic: $44,090 (+$1300)
- 2022 Subaru BRZ S manual: $41,590 (+$1400)
- 2022 Subaru BRZ S automatic: $45,390 (+$1400)
All prices exclude on-road costs.
Power in the Subaru BRZ comes from a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine.
Peak power is 174kW and peak torque is 249Nm, up 22kW and 37Nm on the old car.
Buyers are able to choose between a six-speed manual or six-speed torque converter automatic.
The BRZ has a 50-litre fuel tank, and drinks 98 RON premium unleaded. Claimed fuel economy is 9.5 litres per 100km in the manual, and 8.8 litres per 100km in the automatic.
At 4265mm long, 1775mm wide, and 1310mm tall on a 2575mm wheelbase, the 2022 BRZ is 25mm longer and 15mm lower than the outgoing model, with a 5mm longer wheelbase.
The 2022 BRZ will come standard with the following active safety equipment:
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane-change assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
Opting for the automatic gets you Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite, meaning you get:
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane-departure warning
- High-beam assist
- Reverse autonomous emergency braking
The Toyota GR 86 and Subaru BRZ haven’t been crash tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.
Like the wider Subaru range, the BRZ will be backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Maintenance is required every 15,000km or 12 months, and Subaru caps the price of the first five services. In the manual, they’ll set you back a combined $2390.
The automatic is more expensive, with a combined cost of $2474.25 over five years.
Standard equipment in the BRZ includes:
- 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Factory satellite navigation
- DAB+ digital radio
- Dual-zone climate control
- Leather steering wheel and gear shifter
- Keyless entry and start
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights
Moving to the BRZ S gets you:
- Suede and leather seat trim
- Heated front seats
The 2022 BRZ will be offered with a choice of seven colours:
- Crystal White Pearl
- Ice Silver Metallic
- Magnetite Grey Metallic
- Crystal Black Silica
- Sapphire Blue Pearl
- Ignition Red
- WR Blue Pearl
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