Why is the 2022 Subaru BRZ Missing Out on the Turbocharger? Here's Why...
Most of Subaru's cars come with a turbocharger? Why are they not giving it to the 2022 BRZ?
The engine of the 2022 Subaru BRZ will feature a 2.4-liter flat-4 engine which produces 228 hp and 184 pound feet of torque as the first generation BRZ's engine only produced 205 hp and 156 lb-ft.
However, Subaru does sell cars with the same exact engine turbocharged, which makes 260 hp and 277 lb-ft, like the Ascent, Legacy, and Outback, so why is the BRZ missing out?
The 2022 Subaru BRZ's engine
One reason why the BRZ is not equipped with a turbocharger, according to Fenske, is because of gearing. The naturally aspirated engine's redline (7,500 rpm) is higher than the turbocharged engine (6,000 rpm), allowing for more aggressive gearing, which is what Fenske is seeking for.
Fenske also claims that the turbocharged engine would be negatively impacting some of its power advantage. The engine in the BRZ is mounted very low in the chassis, keeping the center of gravity low and improving handling, which the turbocharged engine would not be good at due ti its heavier weight.
Finally, the naturally aspirated engine delivers better throttle control and throttle response. Modern turbo engines don't suffer as badly from "turbo lag" as older ones, but they will never be as responsive as a naturally aspirated engine.
Even though Subaru won't be selling any turbocharged engines for the 2022 BRZ, you will likely be able to buy an aftermarket turbocharger if you really want one.