The Subaru BRZ will cost from £24,995 (likewise, the Toyota GT 86) when it goes on sale in the UK
1 May 2012

The Subaru BRZ will cost from £24,995 – the same as the Toyota GT 86 sister car – when it goes on sale in the UK in the summer.

This price has been confirmed today and comes as a slight surprise because it was expected that the Subaru would carry a price premium over the Toyota.

The BRZ is available in two trim levels – 2.0i SE and 2.0i SE Lux. Standard equipment on SE models comprises a six-speed manual gearbox (the six-speed automatic with paddle shift operation is available for an extra £1500), a limited slip differential and 17-inch alloys.

Inside the cabin, the BRZ features air conditioning, cruise control, electric folding and heated door mirrors, push-button engine start, leather-trimmed steering wheel and iPod connectivity. In addition to SE models, SE Lux cars include heated leather seats. An optional sat-nav system will set you back a further £1000.

A cheaper, more basic S-spec BRZ model will be launched in 2013.

Six exterior colours are available: Satin White Pearl, Sterling Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, San Remo Red, and WR Blue Mica.

Subaru UK marketing director Kenyon Neads said: “Early demand is strong so we fully expect that some early customers will have to wait some months for delivery, especially during 2012, but we have no doubt they will agree it will be worth the wait.”

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1 May 2012

[quote Autocar]The Subaru BRZ will cost from £24,995 – the same as the Toyota GT 86 sister car – when it goes on sale in the UK in the summer.

This price has been confirmed today and comes as a slight surprise because it was expected that the Subaru would carry a price premium over the Toyota.

The BRZ is available in two trim levels – 2.0i SE and 2.0i SE Lux. Standard equipment on SE models comprises a six-speed manual gearbox (the six-speed automatic with paddle shift operation is available for...Read the full article[/quote] So, whose going to sell more?,Toyota or Subaru.

Peter Cavellini.

1 May 2012

Just seen a mildly disappointing Evo video where the engine was described as sounding like a boring 'drone'. Not good!

1 May 2012

It makes perfect sense to have the Subaru and Toyota versions at the same price.If Subaru had a premium i could see Toyota definately taking the bulk of sales.

1 May 2012

And with this, the two cars really are the same except for badge! So I suppose those who want to be perceived to have a reliable/sensible sports car will get the Toyota and those that want to be perceived to have a proper sports car with heritage will get the Subaru.

And then there'll be us who know that they're both the same!

1 May 2012

[quote motorcyclemptiness]And with this, the two cars really are the same except for badge![/quote] There are slight external differences, settings and maybe differences internally. So a case of which car do you prefer, local dealer and waiting times as well.

1 May 2012

Seems a wasted opportunity for both makers to be selling essentially the same car competing against each other. Would have been far better to have had say a 33k differential, one stripped out, the other with more kit, giving buyers more choice at slightly different price points. Badges aside, I guess sales will depend on dealer proximity and quality of service - so looks like Toyota have a head start at least!

1 May 2012

[quote Evo_ermine]Just seen a mildly disappointing Evo video where the engine was described as sounding like a boring 'drone'. Not good![/quote]

Evo's vid also cites the BRZ's lack of overtaking wallop - relative to grip/handling - which'll be a major turn-off for many potential punters, IMHO.

And for that reason, I fear the Toybaru will not be a medium- to long-term sales hit or, in turn, a source of profit.

Perhaps its true raison d'être is a halo model? Or else it needs an LPT, for c.220bhp and 230lb-ft, asap.

1 May 2012

There's not much on the market for £25k that's as appealing as this.

1 May 2012

And on the same day we have a TT RS Plus version of Audi's rival at twice the price. Ok, it has a hell of a lot power and will go like stink, as well as having a nice interior, but is this, or any version of the TT as good at the BRZ/GT86? I doubt it.

1 May 2012

[quote motorcyclemptiness]So I suppose those who want to be perceived to have a reliable/sensible sports car will get the Toyota and those that want to be perceived to have a proper sports car with heritage will get the Subaru.
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Then there will be those that know Toyota has a far better claim to a competition sporting heritage than Subaru, and a far greater tradition of making production sports cars as well.

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