While we have already got a clear look at 2022 Subaru BRZ, Toyota has been playing with revealing something at all about its version of the boxer-powered, lightweight rear-wheel-drive sports coupe. Thursday, thanks again to Australia’s patent office, we can at least look at the front bumper.
IP Australia has published design documents provided by Toyota for the front bumper of a car, and it’s pretty much a death knell for the upcoming 86, which some insiders believe will be called the GR86 going forward. The design was filed on October 30, according to the government department, and was formally registered on January 18.
The overall shape of the headlights – or the bottom of them, anyway – seems to be identical between both models, so the primary changes are reserved for the grille and side channels.
You were always able to distinguish the first generation BRZ from the 86 from a distance based on the orientation of the grill. If the car grinned and had a mustache, you looked at a Subaru; if it was a frown or a little nauseous, it was Toyota. For what it’s worth, it looks like this mental shortcut could also be used on GR86 – save for the ‘stache’ part. None of them want a beard this time.
Given that these cars have historically been quite identical, except for their brands, I think it’s interesting how some enthusiasts prefer to think of them exclusively as Subarus or Toyota’s. When both originally came out, my friends in high school and college tended to fall into the BRZ camp, because many of them were WRX dudes anyway. (Of course they were. They are almost always at that age.)
To me, Toyobar’s “true” ancestor is the AE86 Corolla, so I see the car as a Toyota first. In the end, it probably has more to do with which brand you like, and the fact that Toyota originally chose to brand its version, a Scion, probably did not help the credibility of the individual sects in the car industry. But that’s all before!
While we do not have figures for the GR86, you can expect it to fall in line with the BRZ’s 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque from the 2.4-liter flat-four that both cars will share. There may be slight differences in weight – the first generation of the BRZ was slightly heavier than the 86 – and the new BRZ tips 2,815 pounds in its lightest trim. Both cars will have a lower center of gravity and a stiffer chassis, helping them to tilt as they are known to do.