Production versions of Toyota FT-86 and Subaru BRZ to bow at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 19, 2011

It appears that the production versions of the Toyota FT-86 and the Subaru BRZ will finally show up next month at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Both models will be powered by a Subaru-derived flat-four engine mated as standard to a six-speed manual gearbox, while an automatic gearbox will be offered as an option.

Although the vehicles will carry the same engine, the power outputs will significantly differ as the FT-86 will deliver only 200 hp while the Subaru BRZ total power will be “less than 300 hp”.

Mechanically, the vehicles will be almost identical and the differences will remain subtle. Apparently, the vehicles will show different wheels designs as well as small changes to the front grille.

Due to the fact that the Toyota FT-86 is the spiritual successor of the iconic Corolla AE86 favoured by drifting experts, the vehicles will feature a stability control system that will allow a degree of drift before intervening.

Subaru also confirmed the fact that their BRZ will not receive a turbocharged version or an all-wheel-drive system. Moreover, a convertible version is also ruled out but we expect to see some surprises from the Japanese tuners.

There is no doubting Toyota's past heritage for sports cars. The Japanese manufacturer continues to pursue excellence and create some of the most dynamic, iconic and expressive styles around.

GT 86 continues this trend with none of the technical constraints you would come to expect from a compact. The low centre of gravity coupled with the Formula 1 dynamism gives it an aesthetic quality all its own.

Toyota's GT 86 is a compact vehicle with a simple boldness which encompasses the key areas of design which Toyota chooses to emphasise. These include choices such as the large lower grille with its keen scorpion look and focus. Essentially, it drives the eyes down giving the GT 86 an aggressive appearance. The T-mesh grille is an exclusive just for the 86. Some of the other highlights include 17” alloy wheels, dual rear exhausts, a rear spoiler and the classic '86' piston logo which is mounted on the front wing.

Shining a spotlight on the 86's front end you'll find under the hood the devilish front boxer engine rear-wheel drive powertrain format. This stylish system maintains the perfect balance you come to expect even when pushing the 86's limits in all manner of conditions. It does so by ensuring the tyres remain in sync in a four-wheel drift.

Toyota has saved the most unique feat of engineering for last. They call it 'Aero Sandwiching' -- a process wherein the car is pressed on all sides, top, bottom, front and back. What this technique does is that it stabilises the car and ensures there is no effect on the drag coefficient, making it a more stable, nimbler vehicle.

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