More torque, less grip - it's a recipe for fun.
At the end of last year, we were treated to some of the best news to come out of the sports car world in a long time: the reveal of the new Subaru BRZ. The first generation BRZ and its sibling, the Toyota 86 were smash hits around the globe thanks to their affordable price and excellent driving dynamics. The announcement that the second-generation car was on its way brought tears of joy to loyal fans and has started discussions on which of the two will be better. To get fans even more pumped, Subaru On-Tube posted a new video showing the BRZ being piloted by rally driver Takuma Kamada through some snow-covered roads, and it looks like a seriously good time.
The video shows Kamada sliding the new BRZ on thick snow-covered roads with amazing skill. He explains that the new BRZ offers improved dynamics over the old model, and goes on to laud the first-generation car's rally heritage. The BRZ looks right at home as he picks up speed and confidently flicks the car through sharp hairpins, and you can clearly see that the BRZ in question has been fitted with special snow tires to increase grip and stability. Kamada is also seen switching between driving modes and gets increasingly more confident as the video progresses. All we know is that it looks like a boatload of fun.
Slipping and sliding the new BRZ is made easier thanks to a larger and more powerful naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter boxer engine producing 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque - improvements of 23 hp and 28 lb-ft over the outgoing model. Power is sent to the rear wheels exclusively via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. There have even been whispers of a hardcore STI version, but for now, we're just happy that the new car is confirmed.
If the new car is anything like the previous generation, then Subaru is sure to see some good sales. Sales of the second-gen BRZ will start in fall 2021, and pricing is yet to be announced.