Redline Reviews Compares 2017 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ

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Redline Reviews is here with both a brand new 2017 Toyota 86 and 2017 Subaru BRZ to compare the cars back to back. 2017 brings in a refresh for both of the twins, so let’s see which wears those new bumpers better.


Usually, a mid-cycle refresh is just that, new bumpers, maybe some new interior trim, and that’s about it. While both cars do have those revisions, 2017 also introduces the revised FA20 engine for both the 86 and BRZ, which, through mechanical changes to the intake and exhaust manifolds, has extracted 5 more horsepower and 5 more foot-pounds of torque, making for 205 and 156, respectively.

Facts and figures are one thing, opinion, perspective and feel are another, so without further ado, up first is the 2017 BRZ:

Hmm, okay, and now for the 2017 Toyota 86, which it should be noted, has been outfitted with a few Toyota Racing Development (TRD) goodies including the TRD lowering springs, TRD forged wheels and the TRD exhaust. We mention this because these additions do seem to sway the reviewer a little bit. However, it’s only a moment later when he reveals how these additions have negatively impacted the car, chiefly in the price tag. I won’t spoil the results, but the test car, as reviewed, is quite a bit more expensive than a base model.

via Redline Reviews


Jake Stumph is the Content Editor who runs Scion Life, and several other Internet Brands Automotive websites. He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right.

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