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Toyota GT 86’s twin brother is launched

By SYF77 on 02 Dec 2011

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A few days after the unveiling of the Toyota GT 86, Subaru took center stage with the presentation of its version of the jointly developed rear-wheel drive sports coupe in production guise, the BRZ. The sports coupe will make its first public outing under the spotlight at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show on 30 Nov 11.
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The production BRZ loses the concept’s aero-kit with large rear wing and carbon fiber parts. For fans who are hoping to see some difference in appearance between the Toyota GT 86 and the BRZ, they might be disappointed. From the pictures, we see that the exterior styling changes between the BRZ and 86 are limited only to the re-sculptured front bumper, alloy wheel designs, fender trims and the tail lamp layout.

Both the BRZ and the 86 share Subaru's 2.0-liter naturally aspirated boxer engine with Toyota’s D-4S direct injection and port injection technology. The power plant is rated at 200 hp with 205Nm of peak torque. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic with paddle shifts on the steering wheel. The BRZ gets a specially tuned electronic stability control. The basic model will ride on 17-inch wheels wrapped with 215/45R17 rubber.

I’ve hoped that Toyota and Subaru design teams could be more creative. Styling differences between platform-sharing twins such as the Mazda Familia and Ford Laser in the early 1990s are much more obvious. Maybe engineers in the past are more hardworking.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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