The all new, rear-wheel-drive Subaru BRZ has made its global debut in Thermal, California.
This new model is said to have been developed with the same fundamentals used to create the original. That means a low vehicle weight, low center of gravity, and precision steering and handling in an affordable 2+2 package.
SIMPLICITY AND FUN
The new Subaru BRZ features a 228bhp 2.4-litre flat-4 engine.
Because it sits low in the chassis, it helps the new BRZ have a centre of gravity that’s supposedly on a par with that of hypercars. The engine’s redline is now 7000rpm, while maximum torque has been increased by 15% to 249Nm.
US customers will get two transmission choices: a standard 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic with a new Sport mode programmed for more aggressive driving.
A new chassis also sees the Subaru BRZ gaining 60% in front lateral bending rigidity for improved turn-in and response.
The front suspension features custom-designed MacPherson-type struts that accommodate the low bonnet line, while retaining a long stroke for ideal handling and ride quality.
Meanwhile, a double wishbone rear suspension provides outstanding bump absorption to enhance tyre grip over varied surfaces.
For track driving, the standard Vehicle Stability Control traction and stability system offers the driver five different settings. It has been redesigned to allow more input from the driver before it activates the traction control function.
The system can also be completely switched off to give the driver full control.
The new Subaru BRZ is just over 2.5cm longer and 1.2cm lower than its predecessor. The roofline of the Subaru BRZ also features a subtle “double bubble” appearance, a nod to vintage racing cars.
A functional side vent also reduces drag by ducting air from under the hood and fenders before releasing it into a side sill spoiler to increase downforce at speed.
The highlight of the dashboard is a new customisable 7-inch instrument cluster with a central tachometer. To the left of this is a programmable meter that can be changed to show amps, water temperature or a g-force meter.
When the Subaru BRZ is placed in track mode, the tachometer automatically shifts to a linear graph for improved readability, allowing the driver to focus on the road.
An 8-inch infotainment touchscreen takes precedence in the centre and features the latest Subaru Starlink multimedia systems. It also includes standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming.
Deeply contoured bucket seats provide support and are enhanced with red detail stitching. The boot capacity can be expanded by folding down the rear seats.
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