Subaru and Toyota jointly announced the Japan-spec 2022 BRZ and GR86 sport coupes, but they are not created equal with the sports cars coming to U.S. customers. Subaru and Toyota announced the two Japan-spec models in a joint reveal on YouTube this week.
The Japanese automakers revealed the next-generation 2022 BRZ and GR86 would have four more horsepower than what Subaru of America announced in November. Both Subaru and Toyota say the Japan-spec sport coupes will have 232 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque.
In the announcement made by Subaru of America last November, the 2022 BRZ coming to U.S. shores will have 228 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Why do the U.S. models come with less four less horsepower but the same amount of torque? Subaru says the horsepower ratings are accurate.
Torque News reached out to Subaru of America for an explanation. A Subaru spokesman told us, “SOA’s press release regarding the horsepower for U.S. spec 2022 BRZ is accurate. The difference is due to emissions.”
The recent EPA report says, “Innovation in the automobile industry has led to a wide array of technology available to manufacturers to achieve CO2 emissions, fuel economy, and performance goals.”
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