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Who owns the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ?

By FaezClutchless on 14 Jun 2012

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It's been several months since the production version of the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ was first shown to the world. And as you read this, many countries would have already released these two models.

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Toyota was the first to unveil the car to the world late last year at the Fuji Speedway race track in Japan and Subaru soon followed suit with their BRZ. First started out as a concept (the FT-86) and now we get to see two versions of it (three if you were to count the Scion FR-S). But, who really owns the 86/BRZ?

It is a rather difficult question to answer and it seems that both automakers have their answers or versions to it. An image of a slide (pictured below) stating the development phase of the car has been going around the internet recently; starting from the product planning stage up to the evaluation stage. This image is rumoured to be from Toyota Motor Corporation.

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The image shows that Fuji Heavy Industries’ involvement only started at the developmental level, taking over for engineering design and then both companies finalise their preferred final specifications at the evaluation level. In other words, Subaru was contracted to develop and build the car and given the right to sell a few of its own, badged up as the BRZ.

But if you were to take a look closely at the car, you would notice that the engine is purely Subaru as it is a boxer engine. Based on the latest FB engine series, the high-revving engine delivers around 200bhp and 205NM of torque and the D4-S direct injection system is Toyota's most obvious contribution to the engine and drivetrain.

And what about the other engineering parts of the car? It is known that the platform is an entirely new one and it is said that the suspension design is based on that of an Impreza. Subaru previously has mentioned that the spring rates in both cars are different. The BRZ has a stiffer front while the 86 is stiffer at the rear. But the difference was said to be rather minimal and most people won’t feel or know the difference.

In short, it seems that the idea for the car was conjured up by Toyota and they acquired the assistance of Subaru for some of the engineering parts. Regardless of whoever owns the rights to it and whichever marque we choose, I am just glad that both companies have co-develop something that is lacking in Japanese cars (especially in these two companies’ model line-up) nowadays and that is a nice looking coupe.

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