While Toyota is hanging back, parrying thrusts about a launch date for the second generation 86, Subaru fired its second salvo in the offensive this week when it invited registrations of interest for the new BRZ.
When pray tell can we expect it?
Sometime in the last three months of this year, Subaru reveals.
It has confirmed engine capacity will be 2.4 litres, delivering almost 18 per cent more torque than the superseded manual and over 20 per cent more torque than the current auto.
Toyota meanwhile says maximum power will be boosted to 173kW and torque to 250Nm.
There’s been some buzz about a turbo — maybe a turbo will follow later?
The cars look pretty much the same, although the Toyota bears a passing resemblance to a 2012 or so Honda Civic sedan from the rear.
The Subaru in blue channels the WRX.
The new body delivers approximately 60 per cent greater front lateral bending rigidity and approximately 50 per cent more torsional stiffness.
That means improved steering, sharper handling and better all round stability.
Toyota’s Sean Hanley said the new GR 86 has been specially designed for sports performance with precise and playful handling, delivering pure driving pleasure and a strong emotional connection between driver and car.
“It is a stylish, compact four-seater that draws on Toyota’s impressive sports-car heritage including the legendary 2000GT, Celica GT-Four, MR2 and original Supra, as well as its more recent GR siblings,” he said.
Subaru’s General Manager, Blair Read, said the company had been staggered by the amount of interest in new BRZ.