The long-awaited production versions of the co-developed Toyota FT-86 and Subaru BRZ sports coupes will finally be revealed at next month’s Tokyo motor show, ahead of their UK launches next summer. Power for both models comes courtesy of a Subaru-derived flat-four engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed automatic will be optional.
Power outputs, however, will differ with a Subaru-spec ECU liberating the BRZ’s power to “less than 300bhp,” compared with the FT-86’s 200bhp figure.
The coupes will use a limited slip-differential and will be almost mechanically identical. External differences between the pair will remain subtle and centre around different wheel designs and small changes to the front grille.
The FT-86 is designed to rekindle Toyota’s appeal among enthusiast drivers and inspired by the rear-drive 1980s Corolla AE86 favoured by drifting experts. Toyota is promising a low kerb weight; the target is 200kg lighter than a Volkswagen Scirocco, which suggests it will be close to 1100kg.
Key components such as the dampers will be of a higher specification than is usual at its £20,000 price point, and the handling is being tuned with a European favour. The stability control system, for example, will allow a degree of drift before intervening.
Subaru has confirmed to Autocar that there won’t be a turbocharged version or an all-wheel-drive BRZ and a convertible version has been ruled out. Prices are still unknown, but expect a price tag of £25,000 given its extra power and the fact Subaru sells its cars in the UK through an importer.