Your Sportify Playlist: Subaru BRZ vs Toyota GR86

Your Sportify Playlist: Subaru BRZ vs Toyota GR86

A decade ago, Subaru and Toyota took the automotive world by storm when they collaborated to create a compact and rear-wheel drive sports coupe. The BRZ was worlds apart from the all-wheel drive rally machines that put Subaru on the map, while the 86 showed that Toyota can do much more than reliable sedans and hybrid vehicles. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What powers the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86?

    Both sports coupes are powered by 2.4-liter flat-four that churns out 237ps and 250Nm of torque. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available on both cars. Rear-wheel drive is standard.
  • What is the weight of the BRZ and GR86?

    The coupes tip the scales at around 1,260 to 1,290 kilograms — on par with subcompact sedans and almost similar to the previous model — a curb weight that’s distributed 53% at the front and 47% at the rear. 
  • Since then, the BRZ and 86 identical twins have promised pure driving pleasure — what with their agile chassis unhampered by driving nannies, rear driven wheels that enable slipping and sliding, and driving environments that make the driver focus on the task at hand. 

    Not only are the latest iterations of the sports coupe set to fulfill that promise like their predecessors did, but they would do so with more stylish bodies and stronger performance. 

    The 2022 Subaru BRZ — an acronym for Boxer, Rear-Wheel Drive, Zenith — is here locally in manual and automatic-transmission variants. The second-generation sports coupe has been crowned by Edmunds as the Top Rated Sports Car for 2022 and it is also a podium finalist in the Japan Car of the Year 2021 competition.

    Low, lean, and mean is how Subaru described the overall look of the 2022 BRZ. Looking more muscular and with an aggressive ducktail spoiler that is integrated into the boot lid, the new BRZ’s bold design suggests the handling abilities that lay underneath. 

     The proportions are even more purposeful now, thanks to a coupe body that is longer and lower (+25 millimeters and –10 mm respectively), while the stance looks even more planted than before, thanks to a marginally longer wheelbase (+ five mm) with a widened rear track (+10 mm) and larger wheels (upsized from 17-inch to 18-inch). 

    2022 Subaru BRZ

     Helping the BRZ to cut through the air are front bumper ducts, front wheel-arch slits and rear wheel-arch fins, along with less obvious aerodynamic elements that manage the airflow underneath the vehicle for optimal stability on the move. 

    Completing the well-engineered aero package are side sill spoilers, small vortex-generating fins at the leading edges of the tail-lamps, and a boot lid shaped like a ducktail to reduce drag.

    Moreover, the twin exhaust tailpipes and gunmetal gray alloy wheels, along with the hexagonal grille, would satisfy loyal Subaru customers and sports car fans as well. 

    As before, a Boxer engine — whose four cylinders are laid horizontally to improve weight distribution — powers the BRZ’s wheels, but the latest unit is now 2.4 liters in size, producing 237ps  of power at 7,000 rpm and 250Nm of torque at 3,700 rpm. 

    And since old-school driving experience is the theme of the BRZ, the engine does away with turbocharging. 

    The six-speed automatic transmission is quicker than before and has an improved Sport mode for a more exciting drive. The electronic throttle has been tuned to make the engine respond to the accelerator more progressively at high rpm levels, making it easier for the driver to control the flow of power when exiting a corner, for instance.

    The two-door body is only slightly heavier than before (+10 kg), so the 2022 Subaru BRZ boxer’s bigger output dramatically improves the coupe’s power-to-weight ratio for much punchier acceleration. The new six-speed manual BRZ is able to accelerate from a standstill to 100kph  in just 6.3 seconds, while the six-speed automatic BRZ can do it in 6.8 seconds.

    Subaru BRZ

    The new BRZ also achieves a shorter braking distance from 100kph to a complete stop, even sharper handling through a slalom, even less body roll while cornering and superior traction when exiting a corner promptly. 

    Now honoring Toyota’s racing heritage with its Gazoo Racing name, the 2022 Toyota GR86 now boasts quicker steering and handling whether you're conquering the racetrack or negotiating regular roads.

    Powering the 2022 Toyota GR86 is the same 2.4-liter, naturally-aspirated flat-four that delivers 237hp and 250Nm of torque The torque reigns lower down at 3,700rpm, quite an improvement in contrast to the previous two-liter engine’s 6,000rpm. Like its blue-badged brother, the GR86 also comes as a stick-shift and two pedals only. 

    The sports coupe’s light weight is split almost 50:50 across its front and rear axles to ensure maximum stability (or instability, depending on the driver’s mood) in the corners.

    Toyota GR86 Profile Pic

    For the Toyota GR86, it tips the scales at around 1,260 to 1,290 kilograms — on par with subcompact sedans and almost similar to the previous model — a curb weight that’s distributed 53% at the front and 47% at the rear. 

    Since we had our short go in the GR86, we’re happy to report that thanks to all these facts and figures, the car fulfills its promise of being a peppy performer and swift handler. 

    While the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 allow the driver to have fun, features like SRS airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HSA), and Limited Slip Differential (LSD), ensure that they don’t get too ahead of themselves. 

    2022 Toyota GR86

    To know more about — or spot the differences between these identical coupes — then the spec sheets of their three-pedal versions are available below.

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Subaru BRZ 2.4 6MT 

    Toyota GR86 2.4L MT

    Length

    4,265mm

    4,265mm

    Width

    1,775mm

    1,775mm

    Height

    1,310mm

    1,310mm

    Wheelbase

    2,575mm

    2,575mm

    Curb Weight (kg)

    1,289 - 1,293kg 

    1,289 - 1,293kg 

    Engine displacement

    2,387cc

    2,387

    Engine Type

    Boxer Engine, 4-Cylinder, 4-Stroke, DOHC, 16-Valve, Petrol 

    Boxer Engine, 4-Cylinder, 4-Stroke, DOHC, 16-Valve, Petrol 

    Maximum torque/rpm

    250Nm/ 3,700rpm

    250Nm/ 3,700rpm

    Maximum power output/rpm

    237ps/7,000rpm 

    237ps/7,000rpm 

    Transmission

    6-Speed Manual  

    6-Speed Manual 

    Drive

    Rear-Wheel Drive

    Rear-Wheel Drive

    0 to 100kph 

    6.3 seconds 

    6.3 seconds

    Suspension

    (Front) McPherson Strut 

    (Rear) Double Wishbone 

    (Front) McPherson Strut 

    (Rear) Double Wishbone 

    Brakes

    (Front) Ventilated Discs

    (Rear) Ventilated Discs

    (Front) Ventilated Discs

    (Rear) Ventilated Discs

    Ground Clearance (mm)

    130mm

    130mm

    Tires/Wheels

    215/40 R18 Alloy Wheels, Dark Gray Metallic 

    215/45 R17 Alloy Wheels, Two Tone Finish 

    Front Grille

    Black 

    Black 

    Headlamp

    LED Type 

    LED Type 

    Front fog and driving lamp

    LED

    LED

    Daytime running lights

    LED

    LED

    Taillights

    LED

    LED

    Outside Rearview mirror

    Electric-Folding with Side Turn Signal Lamps

    Electric-Folding with Side Turn Signal Lamps

    Side Sill Spoiler 

    With 

    With 

    Rear diffuser with Twin Mufflers 

    With 

    With 

    Room lamp

    LED Center Lamp 

    LED Center Lamp 

    Seating Capacity

    Four 

    Four 

    Seat Material, Adjustment 

    Genuine Leather and Ultrasuede (Driver Height Adjustment) 

    Genuine Leather and Ultrasuede (Driver Height Adjustment) 

    Steering Wheel and Column

    Leather / Manual Tilt and Telescopic Adjustable

    Leather / Manual Tilt and Telescopic Adjustable

    Sunvisors

    (Driver) With Vanity Mirror and Lamp

    (Passenger) With Vanity Mirror and Lamp

    (Driver) With Vanity Mirror and Lamp

    (Passenger) With Vanity Mirror and Lamp

    Door trim

    Dark Grey with Door Pockets 

    Dark Grey with Door Pockets 

    Power features

    Window, Doorlock, Outside Rear View Mirror + Retract

    Window, Doorlock, Outside Rear View Mirror + Retract

    Multi-information display

    7-Inch TFT LCD Display

    7-Inch TFT LCD Display 

    Infotainment

    8" Touchscreen Display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

    8" Touchscreen Display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

    Connectivity 

    AM, FM, Bluetooth, USB, Aux, Six Speakers  

    AM, FM, Bluetooth, USB, Aux, Six Speakers 

    Safety Features 

    Front SRS Airbags, Side SRS Airbags for Driver and Passenger, Knee SRS Airbag for Driver, Steering Responsive Headlights, Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, High Beam Assist, Reverse Automatic Braking, Rear View Camera, Seatbelts with Pretensioners and Load Limiters, Emergency Brake Stop Signal  

    Front SRS Airbags, Side SRS Airbags for Driver and Passenger, Knee SRS Airbag for Driver, Anti-Lock Brake, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill-Start Assist, Limited Slip Differential, Seatbelts with Pretensioners and Load Limiters, ISOFIX and Anchor Bracket x2, Toyota Vehicle Security System (TVSS), Rear Camera 

    Air conditioning system

    Automatic Temperature Control

    Automatic Temperature Control

    Vehicle security system

    With Immobilizer and Alarm

    With Immobilizer and Alarm

    Push start system

    With

    With 

    Wireless door lock

    With Smart Entry

    With Smart Entry

    Cruise control

    Without

    Without

    Light control system

    With

    With 

    Emergency stop lamp

    With 

    With 

    Sidedoor Impact Beams

    With

    With 

    Available Exterior Colors

    Blue  

    Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Bright Blue, Ignition Red, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Sapphire Blue Pearl 

    PRICE

    P2.519 million

    P2.328 million 

    P2.348 million (Ignition Red) 

     

    Photos from Subaru, Toyota, Roy Robles and Dylan Afuang 

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    Subaru BRZ vs Toyota GR86 Comparison

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