Subaru announced its jointly developed 2022 BRZ twin, the next-generation Toyota GR86, will make its global reveal on April 5, 2021. The announcement yesterday says Subaru Corporation and Toyota Gazoo Racing will unveil the new two-door sports coupe online in a jointly held "talk session."
Subaru says, "The two companies, which share the same feeling for cars, will further strengthen their cooperation and introduce a new vehicle as a symbolic achievement, pursuing making better cars that exceed the past, along with the development story."
Toyota Gazoo Racing Company President Tsuneji Sato and Subaru Corporation Executive Officer CTO (Chief Technology Officer) General, Manager of Technology Management Headquarters, and General Manager of Technology Research Institute Tetsuro Fujinuki will be the speakers.
Members of the companies new vehicle development will also be speaking at the Toyota GR86 reveal. Both Japanese automakers have a special site for the latest sports car and will release it via their YouTube channels.
Here is what we know about the 2022 GR86
Torque News reported this week, sources in Japan say the next-generation Subaru BRZ will be significantly different from the Toyota GR86. Toyota's CEO delayed the new sports car's launch, and it's why Subaru revealed the 2022 BRZ three months ahead of the second-generation GR86.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ makes its dealer launch this fall, and the Toyota GR86 launch will be later and could be pushed into early 2022. According to Japan's new report, sources told BestCarWeb that the Toyota GR86 would be significantly different from its Subaru BRZ twin. The latest news says Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda doesn't want his sports car to be an "exact copy" of the all-new Subaru BRZ.
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, producing 228 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque will power both sports cars. According to Toyota's sources, the GR86 will not be turbocharged, but it could get different gearing and engine tuning to make it feel like it accelerates faster. The GR86 could also get different suspension tuning.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ begins production this spring, and the newly redesigned sports coupe will go on sale early fall of 2021. Subaru Corporation and Toyota Gazoo Racing will hold a "talk session" to reveal the BRZ twin on April 5, 2021. Torque News will cover the event. Stay tuned.
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