Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 are almost identical and the only real difference are few design tweaks specific to each automaker.
The formula for the BRZ/GT86 is perfect. Front engine and rear-wheel drive with a very good weight distribution.
But since the launch one thing has been really missing and that is power. The 2.0-litre boxer engine produces just 197bhp and a more potent STI version of the BRZ has been rumoured for a while, but so far no sign of an actual production model.
Cosworth is about to change it with the launch of Power Packages for the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86.
The packages are developed using the same methods employed in Formula One and sports car racing. Cosworth performance solutions can take the engine’s power output from the standard 197bhp to a fully validated 325bhp for the road car and eventually on to a 380hp race track configuration.
If you want more than 300bhp for your BRZ/GT86 you need to wait for a while as immediately available is the Stage 1 Power Package, offering a power increase of up to 230bhp, 11.6% improvement compared to the stock engine. Not a whole lot, but still a good start considering what is coming soon.
The Stage 1 features free flow sports exhaust, a “Power by Cosworth” calibration kit and calibration file, an exclusive Cosworth vehicle badge and a uniquely numbered Cosworth authentication plaque, as well as a Cosworth performance filtration solution and low temperature thermostat.
We expect Stage 2 to introduce turbocharging to the formula very soon.