Last November, Subaru provided a preview of the second-generation Toyota 86 with its updated BRZ coupe. The two share the same platform, powertrain, and other similarities, though the likeness diverges in the driver’s seat. Toyota revealed the GR 86 yesterday, although there is already a video pitting it against its platform brother, and there are differences in how the two handle themselves.
The video comes from LOVECARS! TV! YouTube channel (you can turn on automatic closed caption translation), and it shows the hosts driving both sports cars around the race track, hopping between drivers and cars to compare the two. They both note the clear differences in handling, as the Toyota is a bit more slippery around the corners, though still easy to control. The BRZ is the softer of the two, providing a sense of security on the edge, 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 generate power, replacing the 2.0-liter unit in the previous-generation model. The mill produces 232 horsepower (173 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque, sending power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic. Even the interiors are nearly identical with the same hardpoints, switches, pedals, and interior air vents, but with different trim and upholstery.
The similarities extend to the exterior design, with the front being the biggest differentiator between the two. The Toyota sports the more aggressive front face of the two. However, all of those similarities don’t add up to the same driving experience, and that’s a fascinating aspect of the auto industry. Every automaker has unique touches that can make profound differences in how a car feels. It will be a while before the 2022 Toyota GR 86 and 2022 Subaru BRZ hit the show floors, although we can’t wait to see how the two compare in a full rundown.