Subaru BRZ/ Toyota Gt-86 – An Affordable Fun Little Sports Car?
Car technology is advancing at an amazing speed and has come so far from its early days. We see new cars come out every year from many different car manufacturers with minor changes and a new price tag. But we rarely see two companies whose fortunes are built on mainstream sedan sales, collaborate on a rear wheel drive sports car, which is oriented around car enthusiasts. Toyota and Subaru two of the renowned car manufacturers who did exactly that. Toyota is known for their build quality, reliability and affordability, whereas Subaru has a reputation for building performance sports cars. So it makes sense to collaborate and develop a car with drive quality, performance and price in mind. Subaru BRZ also known as Toyota GT-86 in Japan (sold as the Scion FR-S in North America) is the answer to that. Toyota and Subaru took design inspiration from previous Toyota sports cars such as Toyota Supra, Toyota AE86 and used the car technology available to create an authentic rear wheel drive sports car with balanced performance and handling while keeping it affordable.
Engine and Performance
First of all, Subaru’s 2.0-litre horizontally opposed boxer engine sets the base for the car. Boxer engines get their name because each pair of pistons in the engine moves simultaneously in and out like boxers clashing their gloved fists together before a fight. The boxer engine was chosen for its lightweight design, reliability, and for its favorable weight distribution. It is a four cylinder naturally aspirated engine with Toyota’s D-4S injection system which uses both direct and port injection. It produces 200 horsepower and 151 ft/lbs of torque at 7,000 rpm. Since it is a horizontally opposed engine, the engine height is low compared to other inline engines. This flat architecture of the engine allowed the engineers to mount it as far back and as low as possible in the engine bay for a weight...