Tokyo motor show highlights - Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT 86
Their production forms arrived at (long) last in Tokyo, Toyota’s 86 (it’ll be GT 86 in the UK) clothed in an eye-catching bronze paint job that had the faintest hint of 1980s retro about it.
With a relatively modest 197bhp, ultra-low weight distribution and rear-wheel drive, both cars are designed for an entertaining drive, rather than Porsche Cayman-rivalling performance.
For me, Subaru’s version had a slight edge, with a cleaner, less fussy design (some thought it plain, mind), a choice of colours - Subaru’s old ‘rally Impreza’ blue and a pearlescent white - and an endurance racing version that looked sensational. In the long run, the company’s tuning division STi will also give the BRZ a power advantage, too.
Either way, I can’t wait to try them both. It’s terrific to see Japanese manufacturers striving to make cars designed for driving pleasure, alongside those renowned for durability and practicality.