The Japan-market, 232-horsepower variations of the Toyota GR 86 and Subaru BRZ have been introduced collectively this morning. Whereas the latter is visually the identical because the 228-horsepower U.S.-market automotive unveiled in November, it was the primary time Japan has seen its home-market spec. Instantly following the reveal, the boys in blue laid out some equipment and STI efficiency elements for his or her model of the automotive.
The pictures present a extra aggressive BRZ geared up with aerodynamic upgrades. A decrease entrance spoiler wraps the decrease bumper, whereas the facet intakes add LED fog lamps. Transferring rearward, the rocker panels add a pair of small winglets proper in entrance of the rear wheels.
From the rear view, we see a extra substantial underbody spoiler and rally-style vortex turbines alongside the trailing fringe of the roof. The decklid additionally wears a skinny spoiler in black. Nonetheless, that seems to be swappable with a bigger, touring-car-style wing manufactured from carbon fiber and with a swan-neck design.
A set of Y-spoke wheels may help set the BRZ aside from its Toyota twin, which in manufacturing guise has the identical wheels. They’re even completed in bronze, maybe a delicate reminder of the gold wheels Subaru’s rally automobiles have been identified for. A facet vent garnish and sport exhaust spherical out the choices, this final grouping of which have been emblazoned with the STI emblem, Subaru’s racing division could have had a hand of their design, however it’s extra probably it is a model of the tS — or “tuned by STI” — trim than an all-out STI variant.
It needs to be famous that these elements are described as below growth, and seem like Japan-only, at the least for now. A camouflaged 2022 BRZ geared up with a few of these gadgets was noticed testing at Fuji Speedway in December, drifting round turns and searching like an actual enjoyable time was had.
The elements assist make up for the brand new BRZ’s toned-down look, including a little bit of enjoyable to the extra mature face. Toyota is sort of sure to supply a bunch of tuning elements for the 86 below its Gazoo Racing or TRD manufacturers. If a “pleasant rivalry” was really had in opposition to the 86’s growth group as Toyota says, it will be fascinating to see how Toyota responds.