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This is the Subaru BRZ
It’ll get its public unveil - finally - at this week’s Tokyo motor show, but some details you may or may not already know are now available. The GT 86 revealed yesterday is essentially a rebodied BRZ, so you’re looking at the same 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed flat four engine - a ‘boxer’ - producing 197bhp and 151lb ft of torque.
And underneath the near-identical body sits Subaru’s lightweight, front-engined, rear-drive chassis, held together in the middle by a proper six-shift manual gearbox. Subaru tells us the BRZ gets an aluminium bonnet, high-tensile steel in the ‘upper structure’ and a low centre of gravity - helped in part by the flat-four engine.
And couple this with a kerbweight of just 1,220kg - that’s less than a Ford Focus - and a wheelbase around 200mm longer than a Mazda MX5, and you have the ingredients of a cracking sports coupe.
Subaru says the BRZ will offer “pure handling delight”. After all this waiting, we certainly hope so…
Now that both are out in the open, we want you, loyal TopGear.com reader, to voice your opinions. Yes, they’re pretty identical, but which one would you rather have?