In November last year, Subaru gave 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 similarities differ in the driver’s seat. Toyota unveiled the GR 86 yesterday, although there is already a video that puts it against the platform siblings, and there are differences in how the two handle it.
The video comes from LOVECARS! TV! YouTube channel (you can turn on automatic subtitle translation), and it shows that the hosts take both sports cars around the racetrack, jumping between drivers and cars to compare the two. Both notice the different differences in handling, with Toyota being a bit smoother around the corners, although still easy to control. The BRZ is the smoother of the two, giving a sense of security at the border, although the 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, replacing the 2.0-liter unit from the previous generation model. The mill provides 232 horsepower (173 kilowatts) and 250 Newton-meters of torque, and sends power to the rear wheels either through a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Even the interior is almost identical to the same interior hardpoints, switchgear, pedals and air vents, but different badging and padding.
The similarities extend to the exterior design, with the front as the biggest difference between the two. Toyota has the more aggressive front of the two. However, not all of these similarities add up 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 2022 Toyota GR 86 and 2022 Subaru BRZ hit the show floor, although we are eager to see how the two compare in a complete overview.