You Can Now Build Your Own 2022 Subaru BRZ
Do you often find yourself wanting for a naturally aspirated and lightweight sports car that can handle canyon carving just as well as a grocery run? What if we told you that said sports car was also relatively affordable and harkened back to the good old days of simple ergonomics and midnight tofu deliveries? Well, fear not fellow enthusiast, for this dying formula still lives on in Subaru’s latest BRZ – and you can now build your own using the configurator on their website.
Two trims, many options
If you’re not familiar with Subaru’s trim nomenclature, their base model is called “Premier” while their premier model is called “Limited.” If that doesn’t seem a bit confusing, the upcoming twin car from Toyota, the GR 86, has a base model aptly named “Base” and a premier model named, you guessed it, “Premier.” But enough with the names – what separates the Limited from the Premier and why does it cost $2,500 extra?
The main premium features on the Limited are leather and suede upholstery, heated front seats, LED steering responsive headlights, and 18-inch wheels wrapped in grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. The Premium model comes standard with LED headlights, cloth seats, and 17-inch wheels wrapped in the same drift-happy Michelin Primacy tires that came on the outgoing model. Although Subaru advertises a starting price of $27,995 for the Premium, this doesn’t include the $960 destination and delivery fee – so the car really starts at $28,955.
Even so, for a car that’ll set you back around $30,000 in base form, there’s a lot of value in all of the mechanical wizardry that makes the BRZ drive like it does. A bespoke reinforced chassis, revised sport suspension, and Torsen limited-slip differential pay dividends on the road and all come standard on both trim levels. Features that were once premium on the outgoing model, like push-button start and a large 8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, now come standard as well. Aside from choosing between the two trim levels and 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic (added $1,800), the primary bones of the 2022 BRZ remain the same.
Although we know a performance package with sportier suspension and Brembo brakes is likely on the way, there isn’t an option for one just yet. Instead, Subaru is offering a slew of convenience, style, and aero bits that you can add on individually – and these can bump the price all the way up to around $40,000! There’s a lot to choose from here: everything from license plate frames to footwell lighting to STI aero and style pieces are on the menu.
My personal configuration runs just under $34,000 and includes the Limited model equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and all the exterior STI aero bits. Call me a ricer, but I’m a sucker for how cool the car looks with the STI front lip, side spoilers, rear spats and diffuser, vortex generator, and small trunk lid spoiler. Unfortunately, the STI fender garnish option seen on Japanese market cars is missing, but will hopefully be available in the future.
You can see what these aero bits look like on the modified Original Runduce shop car from Japan in the images above. The contrasting black accent pieces on Crystal White Pearl paint look *chef’s kiss* in my eyes!
Let us know how you’d configure your 2022 Subaru BRZ down in the comments below!