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Production of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT-86 begins in Japan

After being unveiled last year, both theSubaru BRZ and the Toyota GT-86 have now officially started production at Subaru’s Gunma factory in Ota-city, Japan. The two rear-wheel drive coupe models were developed as a result of an agreement that started in October 2005. Both models are powered by the same 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed boxer engine that deliver a total of 200 HP and 151 lb-ft torque.

At the same plant, Subaru will produce the new Impreza starting in March 2013.

FHI President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga commented: "This car symbolizes our corporate strategy in two significant aspects: good progress in our alliance and advancement of our ‘select and focus’ approach. The start of production today made a huge step for us, but it is not our end goal. By constantly refining both models, FHI and TMC hope to nourish each model to be loved by customers all over the world for a long time to come."

TMC President Akio Toyoda said: "The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 could not have been successfully developed without collaboration between FHI and TMC. We started the alliance for mutual growth in 2005. Now I’m delighted to see that our alliance bore fruit."



13 comments:

So bad... cars without soul...
so bad japanese guys try to make money making cars without soul without last name .!
Hyundai Genesis (2.0turbo (260hp)) has more soul than those twins without a real brand also don’t forget about the scion frz... so is not just 2 same cars there are 3 of them!!!! so crazy please show more respect hire more engineers and make nice cars....
maybi toyota likes that way ( lexus, scion,)
but subaru???
nice car but.....

What’s beyond on this plan? How big is this plan that needed a discussion?

This is something they have planned, so I think there is no need to argue.

Is Japan fond of concepts like this? I bet they’ll find them cute.

Japan will be amused by the ridiculous amount of similarity of these two.

I think it doesn’t matter which you choose among these two cars as one reflects the other.

I told you guys before in the previous article that these two cars are twins; even the production is the same. smiley

I really can’t distinguish which is which between these two. Ah, well, it’s not my type anyway.

What’s the point of producing almost identical cars, actually? They’re even aware of that fact.

So, which is a Doppelganger of which? If I don’t look closely, I won’t even notice the difference, not that there really is much to compare.

They could have copied the near perfect Porsche 944 design - front engine, rear gearbox, transaxle gives rigidity as well.

The hatchback of the 944 gives great luggage space as well. In fact if they still made one (for a reasonable price) I would go out and buy it new even 25 years later.

However this Jap will do as a replacement but the price must be keen. The MX5 does well because it is great value.

On the one hand, these two cars plunged into the gaping hole in the market place opened when Mazda failed to upgrade the appearance, styling, and most importantly, horsepower, of the MX5 Miata.

On the other hand, these two cars came very close to hitting it out of the park, but goofed also: weight balance!
The have a great flat-four that sits over the front axel, giving the vehicles a 53/47 (F/R) weight distribution, and an 18.3 inch center-of-gravity height. How sad. Just moving the engine backward a few inches and dropping its height (to miss the axel) would have made Weight Distribution 50/50 or even better. And it would have lowered the center-of-gravity even more.

And all this could have been done without even the "expensive" transaxle that could have been placed in the rear of each of the cars. But why should a transaxle be so expensive? It’s used all the time, with differential included, in even cheap front-wheel drive cars!

And if the price were to rise to $28K instead of $25K, would that really have mattered, considering the huge performance increase obtained?

So, Toyota and Subaru: close, but no cigar. I’d rather buy a 4-year old CPO Porsche Boxster for about the same price or a little more. And get a lot more car.

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