Now that the all-new Toyota GR 86 is finally out, the Toyobaru twins are complete. Like before, the two vehicles use the same base and platform. Both the GR 86 and the Subaru BRZ use a 2.4-liter flat-four engine in a rear-wheel-drive layout. The only question now is which one will you be getting once they go on sale later this year. To make it easier to see the difference, we’ve made a side-by-side comparison of the two new models.
As mentioned earlier, the GR 86 and BRZ are essentially the same car. Of course, that doesn't mean these are mere rebadged versions of each other. Between the two, the GR 86 features a more aggressive design with a large front grille and slim, L-shape corner vents that extend down to the end of the bumper. It also has different headlight elements compared to the BRZ. Meanwhile, the Subaru counterpart has a more rounded look. The grille is smaller but flanked by large side intakes. The lower portion of the BRZ’s bumper also has an integrated black lip.
While the differences are apparent at the front, it isn't the same case for the sides. From the body lines to the wheels, the two are very much alike. Apart from the color and the logos on the center cap, the two vehicles look nearly identical from the side. Interestingly, the GR 86 on display does have black side mirror covers instead of the BRZ’s body-colored units.
It’s the same story at the rear of the vehicles. Just like before, the taillights and the rest of the panels are the same. The only difference would be the badge. Noticeably, there’s more badging on the BRZ as it spells out “SUBARU” on the lower left side of the trunk.
Inside, the cabin is identical too. Both models use the updated dashboard design with a 7-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver. It is worth noting that the Japan-spec GR 86 has a wider infotainment system with a touchscreen unit taking up nearly the entire panel. The US-spec BRZ uses a different head unit with physical buttons still in place. However, the European-spec GR 86 uses a similar screen to that of the BRZ. We suspect this is all down to the specs of the vehicle.
Under the hood, both use a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder flat-four that makes 235 PS and 250 Nm torque. Both weigh the same too, at 1,270kg.
Toyota did say they tuned the GR 86 to handle differently from the BRZ. Well, the only way to truly find out the difference is to drive them. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long for the new BRZ to arrive. Subaru Philippines already said the BRZ will be in the country by Q4 2021.
As for Toyota, let's wait for their announcement.