Shortly after the beginning of the 21st century, there were almost no inexpensive sports cars of the classic layout left on the market, which were very common at the end of the last century. Currently, the most popular representatives of this segment include models created as a result of cooperation between Toyota and Subaru. This line has been a huge success since its debut. It currently includes the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT 86. The difference between these vehicles is discussed below.
History of Creation
It was originally a Toyota project, presented in the form of the FT-HS concept car in 2007. However, after the acquisition of shares in Fuji Heavy Industries, which included Subaru, the following year, the latter was involved in the development. As a result, the concept's V6 was replaced with a boxer D-4S. In addition, Subaru has developed a new chassis and adapted the gearbox from the Impreza. These developments were combined in a more compact 2009 Toyota FT-86 concept. A number of modified concept cars were subsequently presented. Serial cars appeared in 2011.Initially, the line included 3 models: Toyota 86 (GT86, FT-86 depending on the market), Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S. In 2016, the latter was expelled with the closure of the brand.
Cars are presented in a coupe body. Its dimensions for GT86 are 4.24m long, 1.775m wide, 1.285m high. BRZ shorter by 6mm. The wheelbase is 2.57 m, the track is 1.52 m in front and 1.54 m in the rear, the weight is approximately 1.2 - 1.3 tons. The main difference between the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT 86 is the design of the front. They are equipped with bumpers of various designs. So, Toyota's foglight niches are triangular, while Subaru's are almost rectangular. The grille is hexagonal on the BRZ and trapezoidal on the GT86. In addition, the headlights have slightly different LED daytime running lights.
In addition, the vents in the fenders are different: Subaru has them in the form of a grille with a plastic rib, while Toyota has a plate with a small oval hole and a boxer nameplate. Finally, the badges on the trunk lid are placed differently: on the BRZ, they are located hardly at the top, while on the GT86, the emblem is at the top center, like on the Subaru, but the rest of the badges are installed on the bottom sides. In 2017, both cars have been restyled, but the main differences remain.
The vehicles in question are equipped with a single 4U-GSE/FA20 engine. This is a Subaru 4-cylinder 2-litre boxer fitted with Toyota's multipoint direct injection system. Hisperformance is 197 liters. With. at 7000 rpm and 205 Nm at 6400 rpm. When restyling, the indicators were increased to 205 liters. With. and 212 Nm.
Both cars are equipped with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions from the Toyota range. The mechanics of the TL70 is based on the Aisin Al AZ6. The "automatic" is a modified version of the Aisin-Warner A960E from the Lexus IS250. Most versions have a limited slip differential.
McPherson-type suspension is installed at the front, double wishbones at the rear. Thus, the chassis layout is also identical for the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ. The difference is in the settings. According to manufacturers and journalists, Subaru is characterized by slightly better accuracy and stability, while Toyota is slightly more comfortable. Disc brakes are installed on both axles. On the highest trim levels, all discs are ventilated, on the initial ones - only the front ones. Cars are equipped with 16 and 17-inch wheels with 205/55 and 215/45 tires, respectively.
The models in question have a 4-seater saloon with folding rear seats. The difference between the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ is the finish. So, the first one has black fabric upholstery, dark panel trim and red gear lever stitching. There are two options available for BRZ. The first is similar to Toyota, but differs in a silver finish of the panel, red stitching of the parkingbrakes, black dial gauges on the dashboard (the GT86 has a white tachometer), a multimedia system. The second option includes a combination leather-alcantara seat trim, engine start button, automatic HVAC control.
Higher configurations are equipped similarly. For the GT86 in the domestic market, a combination trim in black or black and red is also offered. In addition, the Subaru BRZ, unlike the Toyota, has a framed rear-view mirror, and the instrument lighting is orange instead of white.
The maximum practical speed of cars is 233 km/h. The nominal acceleration time to 100 km/h is 7.6 s. According to practical data, acceleration to 97 km / h takes 6-6.2 s. It takes 14.7-14.9 seconds to cover the ¼ mile.
From the above comparison of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT 86, it follows that the cars are technically identical. The differences between them are in the settings of the chassis and some elements of body and interior design.