The 2022 Subaru BRZ might be formally revealed to the world in manufacturing kind on Nov. 18, the Japanese automaker introduced Wednesday. Like most of 2020’s massive reveals, the 2022 BRZ might be proven online.
We have recognized for a while that the next-generation BRZ’s debut was imminent. In spite of everything, disguised prototypes have been testing on public roads in southeast Michigan, and one such prototype was additionally proven (nonetheless camouflaged) to attendees of a charity preview occasion final month, from which a couple of photos leaked.
To place it bluntly, we actually do not know a lot else in regards to the forthcoming Subaru BRZ (or its Toyota twin, the 86). The truth is, Toyota has been much more tight-lipped than Subaru on this regard. What little we have heard means that many of the platform enhancements will come from Toyota’s aspect of the twins’ joint improvement program, whereas the powertrain will once more be sourced from Subaru. This runs counter some rumors we have heard that longitudinal engines from Toyota’s portfolio, which incorporates turbocharged four-cylinders, may probably make their approach below the hood.
An evolutionary engine providing makes extra sense than any form of revolutionary leap ahead, as Toyota now has a four-cylinder Supra mannequin in its lineup. This successfully acts as a ceiling for the 86’s efficiency. Subaru has its WRX and STI fashions to think about too, however that is a essentially completely different battle of priorities, because the Supra is way extra much like the 86 than the BRZ is to both of its performance-oriented showroom siblings.
Encouragingly, the prototype we noticed on public roads was being benchmarked towards a turbocharged Ford Mustang. Whereas it might be tempting to leap to the conclusion that Subaru is focusing on the Mustang for energy output, it is extra doubtless that the comparability is extra holistic, relatively than targeted on powertrain efficiency alone. The lighter Subaru and Toyota coupes will not want fairly as a lot energy to maintain up with the bigger, heavier pony automotive, so anticipating the twins to compete with the EcoBoost Mustang’s 300-ish horsepower is grounded extra in wishful pondering than actuality.
Thankfully, we solely have a few weeks left till we discover out for sure. Keep tuned!