The 2022 Subaru BRZ is receiving a more sporting line of high-speed exterior accessories and STI performance parts. But there is a problem (two, actually). First of all, it looks like these delicious STI performance parts are only for the Japanese BRZ market. And finally, the parts are currently in development, coinciding with a heavily camouflaged BRZ that was seen circulating on the Fuji racetrack last December.
We are still looking forward to a real Subaru BRZ STI like its Impreza brothers, but it looks like we will need to settle for STI accessories, at least for now. We still have no word on whether Subaru will bring its STI performance parts to North America. And if not, we will be missing out on the next best thing for an official BRZ sports car with the STI emblem.
The collection includes a multitude of aerodynamic enhancement appendages such as a new front spoiler, aggressive side entrances and some cool winglets on the rocker panels in front of the rear wheels. It is hard to miss the new LED fog lights as well.
Moving to the rear, the BRZ receives a spoiler under the larger body and a set of extravagant vortex generators on the roof, a tribute to the Impreza WRX STIs created in rallies. Two rear spoiler designs, a subtle ducktail unit or a huge touring car-style rear spoiler, swan neck, carbon fiber are also available. The accessory list also includes golden Y-spoke wheels (an STI design heritage), a noisier sports exhaust system and side ventilation trims with the STI logo.
Under the hood, the 2022 Subaru BRZ has a four-liter Boxer engine larger than 2.4 liters, a naturally aspirated version of the Subaru Ascent crossover FA24 engine, with 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic lever and a rear-wheel drive train, the 2022 BRZ remains a relatively affordable and fun to drive pocket rocket.
It is interesting to note that the JDM-spec BRZ has four more horses under the hood, producing 232 horsepower. However, shared across the board is a more rigid chassis (60 percent increase in front lateral flexion stiffness and 50 percent increase in torsional stiffness), a limited slip differential, a weight distribution close to 50 : 50 and a lower weight.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ has five settings for its Vehicle Stability Control system, and you can even turn it off when making huge donuts and burning tires. The BRZ never cared about full power and torque, but it has enough power to overtake the Mazda MX-5.
It will take a turbocharger and four-wheel drive to create a genuine BRZ STI model, but it seems that the idea of a BRZ created for rally is out of the question. However, we are happy that Subaru Japan folks are working on STI performance parts for their newest sports car. Will Toyota follow suit with Gazoo Racing or TRD performance parts for its newly unveiled GR 86? We will have to wait and see, but it is certainly a different possibility.