Published on October 19th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Subaru BRZ and Toyota FT-86 at Tokyo Motor Show this December 2011
Subaru BRZ and Toyota FT-86 final production versions to be unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show and we will be there to capture it on camera. Both models will be powered by a Subaru-derived flat-four engine mated as standard to a six-speed manual gearbox, while an automatic gearbox will be offered as an option.
Although the vehicles will carry the same engine, the power outputs will significantly differ as the FT-86 will deliver only 200bhp while the Subaru BRZ total power will be just below 300bhp. Subaru says the initials ‘BRZ’ stands for “boxer engine,” “rear-wheel drive” and “zenith.”
Mechanically, the vehicles will be almost identical and the differences will remain subtle. Apparently, the vehicles will show different wheels designs as well as small changes to the front grille. Due to the fact that the Toyota FT-86 is the spiritual successor of the iconic Corolla AE86 (Levin) favoured by drifting experts, the vehicles will feature a stability control system that will allow a degree of drift before intervening. Subaru has confirmed that their BRZ will not receive a turbocharged version or an all-wheel-drive system. This could however change in time.