Watch the Drift King run timed laps in the new Toyobaru Twins
As it turns out, the upcoming twins are strikingly similar yet oddly distinct in their track performance.
While American and European journalists have been sniffing glue, outlets from the Land of the Rising Sun have been enjoying the 2022 Toyota GR 86 and Subaru BRZ in spades. In past few months, there have been aftermarket parts showcases, comparisons tests, and test drives featuring Toyobarus of all sorts, all showcasing the technical and dynamic improvements of the sprightly little drivers cars. This time around, thanks to Auto Messe Web on YouTube, we have a serious treat that's sure to get hardcore fans aroused and foaming at the mouth.
In the near-seven-minute video, legendary endurance racing driver and pioneer of modern drifting, Keicchi Tsuchiya, takes to the circuit in the GR 86 and BRZ in both automatic and manual guise for a set of hot laps. While English captioning is unavailable, you still have nearly everything you need to determine what these cars are capable of... Or, you know, as much as you can behind a phone screen, at least.
There's not much in the way of introductions. It's straight to the in-car camera with the timer ticking away. Perhaps you'll be surprised by the gaps between each car's lap times or perhaps not. Either way, it made for a fun discussion in my Messenger group chat as we continued to clamor for these cars which aren't even on sale as of yet.
Quick refresher course: The upcoming GR 86 and BRZ mark the second generation of the joint-effort sports cars. They feature refreshingly new bodywork evolved from the previous generation with larger headlights, gaping mouths (the BRZ still looks as chipper as ever much to the Toyota's annoyance), and side vents which just scream, "Lexus product." This next generation will rock an enlarged, 2.4L FA24 flat-four outputting 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet with much of that grunt being available at lower revs without sacrificing a lofty redline.
Until the cars hit showrooms in the coming months, videos like these will be the closest we'll get to experiencing the improved chassis rigidity, enhanced grip, and girthed-up powerband. Yes, girthed-up is a term now as of a few seconds after writing this. The cars already look like absolute track weapons out of the box, and I can't wait to see them ruined, slammed on their nuts with crappy coilovers, and wrapped in half-naked anime women outside the local boba tea shop.