Last November, Subaru delivered a preview of the second-generation Toyota 86 with its updated BRZ coupe. The two share the same platform, driveline and other similarities, although the similarity differs in the driver’s seat. Toyota unveiled the GR 86 yesterday, though there is already a video putting it against its platform siblings, and there are differences in how the two handle it.
The video comes from LOVECARS! TV! YouTube channel (you can enable automatic subtitle translation) and it shows the hosts taking both sports cars around the racetrack and jumping between drivers and cars to compare the two. Both notice the obvious differences in their handling, with Toyota being a bit smoother around the corners, though still easy to control. The BRZ is the smoother of the two, giving a sense of security at the border, though 86 feels torquier with its more linear pedal feel.
Both use the same 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine to produce power that replaces the 2.0-liter unit from the previous-generation model. The turbine delivers 232 horsepower (173 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque and sends power to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Even interiors are almost identical to the same interior hardpoints, clutch equipment, pedals and vents, but different badging and upholstery.
The similarities extend to the exterior design, where the front is the biggest difference between the two. Toyota has the more aggressive front of the two. However, all these similarities do not add to the same driving experience and it is a fascinating aspect of the automotive industry. Each car manufacturer has unique details that can make a profound difference in how a car feels. It will take a while before the Toyota GR 86 and 2022 Subaru BRZ in 2022 hit showroom floors, though we are eager to see how the two compare in a full review.