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Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT 86

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Words ByJohn McIlroy

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Sorry, but I refuse to split these two sports coups, whose development has been a joint effort between Subaru (most of the mechanicals) and Toyota (most of the cash, I suspect).

Their production forms arrived at (long) last in Tokyo, Toyotas 86 (itll 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, Subarus version had a slight edge, with a cleaner, less fussy design (some thought it plain, mind), a choice of colours - Subarus old rally Impreza blue and a pearlescent white - and an endurance racing version that looked sensational. In the long run, the companys tuning division STi will also give the BRZ a power advantage, too.

Either way, I cant wait to try them both. Its terrific to see Japanese manufacturers striving to make cars designed for driving pleasure, alongside those renowned for durability and practicality.

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