And it's only a touch higher than last year.
The first Subaru BRZ (and its Toyota 86/Scion FRS cousin) coupe came out in 2012 and it was an instant hit, at least within enthusiast circles. Immediately we got protective, wondering if a second generation would come and what it would bring. Thankfully the next-gen BRZ has been officially revealed, as has its Toyota partner. And today we learned the price.
The 2022 BRZ, arriving at dealers this fall, will start at $28,955 including destination and handling. The six-speed manual can be traded for a six-speed automatic for just $1,600, though we don't know why you would. Those are both for the Premium trim. Upgrading to the Limited will cost you $31,455 and $33,255 with the automatic. Those prices are only a few hundred bucks from last year's MSRP, though last year our trims were Limited and tS (tuned by STI).
A new 2.4-liter boxer four-cylinder engine produces 228 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, improvements of 23 hp and 28 lb-ft. Subaru hasn't posted any performance figures yet, but this new engine should feel quicker, due to it hitting peak torque at just 3,700 rpm compared to 6,400 rpm in the old car. Power still goes to the rear wheels only through a limited-slip differential.
The base Premium trim (weird to say) comes with a ton of standard features including keyless access with push button start, LED headlights, a Track Mode, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, hill start assist, heated exterior power mirrors, power fuel-door lock, power windows with auto up/down and a few other bits.
The BRZ Limited gets 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires, blind-spot detection with lane keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert; steering responsive headlights and the company's Starlink system (that includes a 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, voice controls, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi). If you spec the automatic transmission you also get reverse automatic braking and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.
Inside, buyers will get a black interior with red stitching, performance seats with adjustable headrest and a multifunction steering wheel. Front seats on the Limited trim are upholstered with Ultrasuede with red leather accents and feature dual-mode seat-heater controls.
Since the 2022 Subaru BRZ goes on sale this fall, we're expecting a first drive very soon. Stay tuned.