The 2022 Subaru BRZ makes its dealer launch this fall, and the Toyota GR86 launch is pushed into 2022. According to a new report from Japan, sources told BestCarWeb that the Toyota GR86 will be significantly different than its Subaru BRZ twin. The new report says Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda doesn’t want his sports car to be an exact copy of the all-new Subaru BRZ.
Like the first-generation model, both cars collaborate between the two Japanese automakers, and the sports coupes will be manufactured at Subaru’s main plant in Gunma, Japan. The BRZ begins production this spring, while the Toyota GR86 launch will be delayed until March 2022.
What are the differences between the 2022 BRZ and 2022 GR86?
The report says Akio Toyoda asked his development team to “differentiate” his sports car from the BRZ in terms of performance. Toyota now owns 20 percent of Subaru Corporation, so the automaker has some leverage over Subaru.
The 2.4-liter normally aspirated Subaru Boxer engine will power both sports cars. The GR86 will not be turbocharged, but it could get different gearing and engine tuning to make it feel like it accelerates faster, according to sources close to Toyota. The GR86 could also get different suspension tuning.
Will the GR86 be faster than the BRZ? Both models will produce 228 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, but the GR86 could have different handling characteristics. The GR86’s front bumper and rear taillights will also differentiate it from the Subaru BRZ.
The 2022 BRZ comes in both Premium and Limited trims. It is available with two transmission choices; a standard six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic with a new Sport mode designed for more aggressive driving.
The new report also says Toyota will offer a Limited Edition GRMN GR86 (200 examples) in 2023. Subaru will also likely build a special edition BRZ trim with additional performance characteristics.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ begins production this spring, and the newly redesigned sports coupe will go on sale early fall of 2021. Subaru of America will release pricing information closer to retailer launch. Stay tuned.
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