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Shocking Differences Under the 2022 Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86

Basically, the 2022 Subaru BRZ and the 2022 Toyota GR86 are the same car. Both have the same engine and body structure. It can even be difficult to tell them apart from a distance. Drive both at high speeds, like we did for the last Lightning Lap at Virginia International Raceway, and you’d be too absorbed in the fun to notice any differences in handling.

But on the road, these two sports coupes don’t ride the same, and that difference interested our resident suspension expert (and former engineer) Dan Edmunds. He drove both cars over the same winding canyon back and forth, then crawled underneath trying to find the changes.

Beyond the usual tuning differences (shocks, spring rates and anti-roll bars), the BRZ and GR86 diverge in more ways than expected. For example, the BRZ not only uses a hollow front anti-roll bar, but it also has a lighter aluminum front knuckle, indicating that Subaru was willing to spend more money to save weight.

Out back, we found two entirely different rear anti-roll bar mounting points, meaning different subframe designs for the Subaru and Toyota. This means more complexity and cost in the assembly process, even though both cars are built on the same assembly line as the Subaru WRX and Crosstrek. It could also indicate how strongly Subaru and Toyota believe in their respective suspension design philosophies.

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