Tokyo Preview: Toyota FT86 and Subaru BRZ Production Models
And it is official! The production version of the Toyota FT86 and Subaru BRZ will make their global debut at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show in November. After a long wait and much anticipation the automakers have confirmed this news today.
Both the models will be powered by the same flat-four Subaru engine. Although the engine is same for both the models, the power output will vary. The engine of the FT86 will develop a 200 horsepower, while the engine of the BRZ will produce somewhere around, but less than 300 horsepower, thanks to a Subaru-spec ECU. The standard transmission in both the models will be a six-speed manual transmission system and there will also be an option for six-speed automatic transmission system. Being spawned from a co-developed concept, both the FT86 and BRZ have similar mechanical underpinnings and use a limited slip differential. The exterior design is almost similar, well except for the badging, grill and wheels.
The FT86 will be more of a “drifting” car, as inspiration for this car comes from the rear-drive Corolla AE86 from the 1980s. Toyota also wants this car to be lightweight, promising a low kerb weight, 200kg lighter than a Volkswagen Scirocco. After the launch of the FT86, Toyota will be focused in developing an even sportier model and also working for a possible Supra revival.
As for the Subaru model, the automaker has confirmed that there will not be a turbocharged or all-wheel drive or a convertible version of the BRZ. Pricing is yet to be announced, but we are guessing somewhere around £20,000 for the FT86 and £25,000 for the BRZ, given the specs.