"Once we got the chance to let the BRZ properly stretch its legs, it was clear the on-road driving experience isn't a dramatic departure from the outgoing car (not that it needed changing). Lightness remains the overall theme here — the approach yields a sports car which is eager to change directions but doesn't require a punishingly stiff suspension in order to corral body motions. And like its predecessor, the second-generation BRZ is easy to acclimate to thanks to excellent outward visibility, a light clutch, and precise steering that provides a meaningful amount of feedback.
"And there's a genuine sense of balance that's tied to the amount of power on tap — while 500 horsepower has become commonplace on today's roads, our traditional perception of performance isn't necessarily the top priority here.
"That design philosophy came into sharper focus at dinner the night before our drive, when we seized the opportunity to press Subaru's Car Line Planning Manager Michael Redic about the use of a Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rather than the Pilot Sport 4S as the high performance summer tire for BRZ Limited models, the latter being a grippier dry handling tire that would likely deliver quicker times in instrumented testing. He considered the question for a moment before responding.
" 'We want the BRZ to dance.' "
— Bradley Iger, Motor1.com
"The 2022 model makes up for lost ground. Recognizing the hole in BRZ's heart, Subaru engineers have thrown out the ol' 2.0-liter and replaced it with a beefier, 2.4-liter flat-4 cylinder that pushes out 228 ponies and 184 pound-feet of torque — meaningful increases of, respectively, 28 and 33 over the original car.
BRZ's added oomph was immediately apparent on Connecticut's back roads. Subaru has raised the engine's voice to celebrate. The flat-4 pipes engine sound into the cabin via the speakers. WRAUGHRRR! the engine howled as I rowed through the gears.
"If my son's need for speed concerns have been addressed, then so have my misgivings about the BRZ's style. Co-developed by Subaru and Toyota, the first-gen felt like it had been penned by committee — dulling the design's character. ...
"The new BRZ is better. Flared side gills, sculpted rocker panels, duck tail. Fascia features are properly integrated, where before they looked stuck-on Mr. Potato Head-style."
— Henry Payne, The Detroit News