After driving the Toyota 86, it is now time to explore its sister car — the Subaru BRZ. Both Japanese sports coupes are the results of a joint development effort between Subaru and Toyota. This pair of twins was born to parents Fuji Heavy Industries (owner of Subaru) and Toyota Motor Corporation (who has 17 per cent stake in FHI).
During the development stages, Subaru was in charge of the engineering and the manufacturing, and Toyota headed the product planning and designing. Final production is done at Subaru's plant in Ota-city, Gunma Prefecture. So yes, both the BRZ and 86 are thorough Japanese-bred.
They are largely similar, except for aesthetic variations such as the bumper, grille, side vents, alloy wheel design and cabin trim. For example, the BRZ's front bumper has a hexagonal grille whereas the 86's grille is more of an inverted trapezoid. Mechanically alike, they share the same parts although each has different tuning for the steering and suspension, hence feeling different.Read More »from FEATURE: Subaru BRZ