The Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR 86/GT86—rest in peace Scion FR-S—hold down the inexpensive, rear-wheel-drive sports car segment. Along with the Mazda Miata, the two cars, which we can now conveniently refer to as the GRZ twins, are staples of automotive enthusiasm.
Historically they’re very similar, and that’s the same for this new generation as well. There are a few changes Toyota has made, though. We reached out to the automaker earlier today to see if there’s anything we’re missing, and so far, here’s what we’ve found.
The obvious difference is in the front fascia, where the GR 86 receives a few different parts. The front clip is almost entirely different with changes to the grille and brake ducts, and the headlights are also changed with slightly different daytime-running lights. It must be said also that because of these changes, the Toyota sports its front license plate a bit more naturally.
As far as mechanical differences go, this is a tougher pie to slice. Toyota has unveiled the GR 86, sure, but it’s the Japanese market version. So while there are minor differences that we’ll break down below, it’s unclear how many of them will make it stateside. For the full story, check out this article from The Drive.