Remember the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86 we showed you the other day? This BRZ is essentially the same car, so you’re looking at the same 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed flat four engine - a ‘boxer’ - producing 197bhp and 151lb ft of torque.
And underneath the near-identical body sits Subaru’s lightweight, front-engined, rear-drive chassis, held together in the middle by a proper six-shift manual gearbox. Subaru tells us the BRZ gets an aluminium bonnet, high-tensile steel in the ‘upper structure’ and a low centre of gravity - helped in part by the flat-four engine.
They’re both lookers and they’re both proper sports cars so we’ll have to see how pricing and options shake out — but until then: which one would you rather have?
You know that Elizabeth Olsen movie with the four names? Martha Marcy May Marlene? We’ll it seems Toyota was inspired by it in giving it’s FT-86 sports car a different name in each market:
Firstly, and for no obvious reason, Toyota’s ditched the F and hyphen. Secondly, they’ve added RULES. Europeans get the GT 86 (but we have to call it the eight six, not eighty six), in Japan it’ll be the 86 (as in eighty six and no GT prefix) and America gets the Scion FR-S.
So, what else is there to report? Beyond these heavily Photoshopped pictures, not a lot. We’ve spotted some slight styling and interior differentiation from the concept - there’s a big diffuser on its lower rump, and Toyota’s fitted a Very Small Steering wheel (365mm in diameter, which is the smallest it has ever fitted to a road car).
Well, it’s still good looking.
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