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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

These Are The Key Specs Of The 2022 Subaru BRZ For The Philippines


After opening order books quietly last month, Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the Philippines has confirmed an April 2022 showroom availability date for the second-generation Subaru BRZ.

While they would have wanted to launch the Subaru BRZ by this year, the ongoing global parts shortage meant they had to delay the launch of their much-awaited sportscar by a quarter.

Prices were already revealed before with the Subaru BRZ 6-speed MT retailing for P 2,399,000, while the Subaru BRZ 6-speed AT going for P 2,499,000, so the delay only serves to whet the appetites of enthusiasts ahead of its launch. Still, Motor Image says the second-generation sportscar is resonating well with Filipino buyers with the first allocation of units now sold out.

Ahead of its launch, sources in Motor Image revealed some key specs of the all-new BRZ. The biggest news? The engine. Not only will the Philippine version of the Subaru BRZ outpower the North American version as earlier reported, but it will actually produce more horsepower than even the Japanese Domestic Market version. The Philippine spec Subaru BRZ will have 237 PS at 7,000 rpm (editor’s note: for the sake editorial consistency, CarGuide.PH refers to PS as horsepower). This is two more than the JDM’s 235 PS and the U.S.’s 231 PS (228 horsepower). Torque is at 250 Nm @ 3,700 rpm. 0 to 100 km/h is done in 6.3 seconds for the manual (6.8 seconds for the automatic).

The additional power is due to a slightly higher compression ratio for the Subaru BRZ (13.5:1 versus 12.5:1). They also revealed other key numbers:
  • Overall Length: 4,265 mm (+25 mm)
  • Overall Width: 1,775 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,310 mm (-10 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 2,575 mm (+ 5 mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 130 mm
  • Curb Weight: 1,289 kg (MT), 1,310 kg (AT)
  • 0 to 100 km/h: 6.3 seconds (MT), 6.8 seconds (AT)
  • Top Speed: 226 km/h (MT), 216 km/h (AT)
As to differences with its sister car, the Toyota GR86, Subaru explains that the second-generation Subaru BRZ is more unique due to its grip-biased (versus drift-biased for the GR86) handling. With that, here are the key chassis differences versus the Toyota GR86:
  • Curb Weight: Subaru BRZ is up to 6.8 kilograms heavier than the Toyota GR86
  • Front Spring Rate: 30 N/mm (vs 28 N/mm)
  • Rear Spring Rate: 35 N/mm (vs 39 N/mm)
  • Front Stabilizer Bar: 18.3 mm, hallow-type (vs 18 mm, solid-type)
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar: 14 mm, body-mounted (vs 15 mm, sub-frame-mounted)
  • Front Suspension Knuckle: Aluminum (vs Cast Iron)
  • Rear Suspension Bushings: Rear Trailing Arm (vs Carry Over)
Other key features confirmed for the Philippine market include:
  • Matte dark gray metallic 18-in wheels w/ 215/50R18 tires
  • Leather & Ultrasuede front sport seats
  • Five selectable driving modes (Normal, Snow, Sport, Track, and VDC Off)
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 8 speaker system
  • Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection (aka blind spot indicators with rear cross traffic alert)
  • Subaru EyeSight Version 3.0 driver assist system for the AT model which also includes Reverse Automatic Braking

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