Last November, Subaru unveiled a preview of the second-generation Toyota 86 with its updated BRZ coupe. The two share the same platform, drivetrain and other similarities, although the similarities differ in the driver’s seat. Toyota unveiled the GR 86 yesterday, although there is already a video comparing it to a sibling on the platform and there are differences in the way the two cope.
The video comes from LOVECARS TV! A YouTube channel (you can turn on automatic captioning) and shows the hosts circling both sports cars around the racetrack, jumping between drivers and cars to compare the two. Both note marked differences in their handling, with Toyota being slightly more slippery around corners, although still easy to drive. The BRZ is smoother than the two, providing a sense of border safety, although the 86 feels more durable with its more linear pedal feel.
Both use the same 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with a boxer to produce power, replacing the 2.0-liter unit from the previous generation model. The mill makes 232 horsepower (173 kilowatts) and 184 pounds feet (250 Newton meters) of torque, sending power to the rear wheels or through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Even the interior is almost identical with the same interior solid points, switchgear, pedals and vents, but different badges and upholstery.
The similarities extend to the exterior design, as the front is the biggest distinguishing between the two. Toyota sports the more aggressive front of both. However, all these similarities do not lead to the same driving experience and this is a fascinating aspect of the automotive industry. Every car manufacturer has unique touches that can make profound differences in how the car feels. It will be some time before the 2022 Toyota GR 86 and 2022 Subaru BRZ appear on the floor of the showroom, although we are looking forward to seeing the two compare in a complete brief description.