As with the previous generation model, the Toyota GR 86 and Subaru BRZ share the same platform and are mechanically identical. With this current generation however, there are apparently key differences that separate the two models.
As reported by Carscoops, chief engineer Yasunori Suezawa explains, “Initially, we were trying to realise the driving taste for both GR 86 and BRZ, only by differentiating the specifications of the absorber setting and power steering setting.”
However, this was expanded on with the inclusion of unique front knuckles, springs, stabilisers, bushings and ECU software. Suezawa-san went on to explain that Toyota focused on engine response for the GR 86, while Subaru focused more on comfort. Despite this, he affirms that both cars have great handling even though the changes allow them to have their own “unique taste in response and power.”
Over in the USA, the Toyota GR 86 will be provided with an array of accessories. This includes a cat-back exhaust system, cold air intake, performance air filter, strut tie brace, stabiliser bars, a quick shifter kit, performance brake pads, 17-inch bronze wheels and 18-inch forged black wheels.
Beyond this, Toyota USA will also provide its customers with GR branded all-weather floor mats, gloss black front fender vent inserts, vinyl side graphics and a GR 86 logo rear bumper attachment.
The all-new Toyota GR 86 has been confirmed for a local introduction but official word regarding the Subaru BRZ from the Japanese manufacturer’s South African arm is yet to be heard.