After seeing the Subaru Concept STI that debuted in Los Angeles, we had a pretty good idea of what the production 2013 Subaru BRZ would look like.
We now have official photographic confirmation. Of course, there are no real surprises. The production BRZ looks nearly identical to the Toyota GT 86 with which it shares a platform. The vehicles are so similar that it takes a side-by-side comparison to tell that the Subaru has a different front grille opening, fender vents that are similar those on the STI concept, and a different wheel and tire package.
Where the Subaru may yet differentiate itself is beneath the sheet metal. The BRZ will no doubt be powered by the same 2.0-liter, D-4S engine and rear-wheel drive platform as the Toyota, but the Subie may feature unique tuning, a different power and torque output, or a different power curve. Likewise, Subaru could give its FT-86 clone different suspension components with a more or less aggressive ride quality. And the BRZ and GT 86 will definitely feature different cabin tech packages by the time they reach U.S. dealerships.
Most likely, however, we'll find that the quoted performances of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT 86 are more or less identical when the details about each of these small sports coupes are revealed later this week at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.