Some information regarding the Toyota GT-86, Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S

Ever since Toyota and Subaru revealed their plans to mutually build a modern sports car earlier at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, numerous prospective customers and enthusiasts of Toyota’s sports car past were significantly intrigued to see just what the production vehicle would look and resemble. Now fast forward to the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, in which the production models of the Japanese sports cars were revealed. Toyota’s version is named the GT-86, as tribute to the original AE 86.

Even though the GT-86 and Scion FR-S are actually almost identical, barring the badging and a few minor tuning differences. The Subaru BRZ features a different front end and a few other very small modifications. As many people are also conscious by now, the GT-86 will be marketed in European and Japanese markets, whilst the FR-S is especially for the U.S, in an effort to include some spice to Scion. The BRZ will certainly be sold in all three markets. Still, all 3 are the same machine underneath and our team found ourselves interested to see just what the exact differences are. Our final results: Not much, but here’s a closer look.

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Power for all 3 originates from a Subaru-developed naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat-four boxer motor, generating 200hp and 151lb-ft of torque. Toyota was in charge of styling whilst Subaru took care of the majority of the engineering tasks. It’s certainly not a bad-looking sports car, however we simply cannot help but wonder that if a bit more effort was made, the outside styling can be even better. Generally, it’s a good-looking design that will most likely age gracefully as the years go by.

The GT-86 as well as FR-S feature an upside down trapezoid grille with a sweeping fog light design, while the BRZ has a much more traditionally styled grille. The name of the game for designers was to keep body weight to a minimal, as each car possesses an aluminum bonnet, a hardtop roof, and a boot design instead that of a hatchback. The boxer engine also is seated as far back and as low as possible to enable optimum weight distribution and a low center of gravity.

Should we even be surprised? Save for the badges, we’re looking at the same rear end design.

Once again, it’s the exact same deal. Both the GT-86 and BRZ come with more upgraded features such as a better stereo and the option of leather and Alcantara seating. The vehicles’ 2 +2 layout provides it a modest rear seat that may be folded flat in order to allow for maximized boot area. Purchasers have a selection between a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The latter of which was engineered to simulate the response time of a dual-clutch transmission. 17-inch wheels are standard on all three.