One 12 months after the market launch of the new generation BRZ in Japan, Subaru introduced mannequin 12 months updates for 2022. Whereas it’s not unusual for automakers to improve their fashions by way of colour, trim, and tools, what caught our eyes is that the adjustments within the Subaru BRZ are restricted to a single ingredient: the sunshine change.
We admit that we learn the press launch a number of occasions to know the essence of the tiniest mannequin 12 months replace we are able to recall. The underside line is that Subaru added an additional place to the lighting change. This modification permits house owners to activate the taillights individually from the aspect lights, or preserve each off (three settings). Tailights and aspect lights might solely activate/off collectively on the BRZ from the earlier mannequin 12 months (two settings). In case you are questioning concerning the headlights, you need to know that in Japan, they function robotically, as permitted by the regulation for all new automobiles offered since October 2021.
Setting apart the lighting change, every thing else stays unchanged, by way of exterior design, inside design, powertrain, tools, trim ranges, and optional accessories. And that is no drawback in any respect because the BRZ didn’t actually need the rest to be fascinating as one of many few inexpensive ICE-powered RWD sportscars on sale. The one factor that was rumored however didn’t occur is a Tenth-anniversary particular version much like the one coming for the Toyota GR86 twin.
In Japan, the BRZ is on the market in S and R guises, alongside the market-specific Cup. The S comes customary with 17-inch wheels and cloth upholstery. The R brings a cooler set of dark-finished 18-inch wheels, suede / leather-based upholstery, nicer trim on particulars and heated seats. Lastly, the Cup comes with 16-inch steelies, a roll-cage and different track-focused options since it’s designed for competitors.
All variants are fitted with the identical naturally aspirated 2.4-liter boxer engine producing 232 hp (173 kW / 235 PS) and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) in Japanese specification. Energy is distributed to the rear axle by means of both a six-speed guide or a six-speed computerized transmission, with the Cup being manual-only.
The Subaru BRZ with the upgraded multi-level lighting change is already out there in Japan with costs ranging from ¥3,080,000 ($24,197) for the S trim with the six-speed guide, as much as ¥3,432,000 ($26,962) for the highest-spec R trim with the six-speed auto. The back-to-basics Cup is priced at ¥3,338,500 ($26,208).
For reference, within the US market, the 2023 BRZ begins at $28,595 for the guide Premium trim and tops out at $33,815 for the auto Restricted flagship, though the out there tools is completely different for every market.