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You can definitely see the similarities and styling cues between the two. Will be interesting to see what the GR86 looks like now.
 

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I wouldn't call them identical. The BRZ is more rounded in the front. However they both have very similar design elements in roughly the same areas of their profiles. It seems clear to me that Toyota designed the BRZ both inside and out. The car is more Toyota then Subaru in this respect. This, of course, makes it a lot easier to design the 86. You have a Toyota design in the profile. Now its up to simply reworking the front and rear fascias. It all gets down to cost. How much effort does Toyota want to make in getting the 86 to look like a baby Supra or not. That's what will be very interesting. Logically the tail light design looks like it would be easy to adapt on to the rear. Given that the mule had a much larger and reverse front grill as opposed to the production BRZ, its seems logical that Toyota could graft on a Supra type nose and grill. Whether or not Toyota wants to re-profile the hood remains to be seen. That might end up being more of a cost. Inside since the interior to me already looks more Toyota(Lexis IS) then Subaru. I would expect no real physical changes other then badging. I also think the exhaust area seems clearly influenced by the current Aston Martin Vantage. This car does have a little Porsche front end in it's overall shape. Even the separated flatter fenders mimic Porsche products. While a little more pointed at the top the headlamps are not that dissimilar to a Porsche Cayman's. It is the side profile with the cladding and slits behind front wheels where this is classic Japanese. It is also side profile where the greenhouse looks most like the previous 86/BRZ with exception of the Hoffmeister kink. I also like the rear tail lights on the BRZ but I don's see them looking much like other Subaru products. Its a good looking car and if the performance and handling are not changed when it is out on the market I'm definitely a buyer for this car. I'm tired of front wheel drive hatchbacks and a Miata/124 are really too small for me. This car seems like it would be a lot more practical then my 500 Abarth.
 

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I wouldn't call them identical. The BRZ is more rounded in the front. However they both have very similar design elements in roughly the same areas of their profiles. It seems clear to me that Toyota designed the BRZ both inside and out. The car is more Toyota then Subaru in this respect. This, of course, makes it a lot easier to design the 86. You have a Toyota design in the profile. Now its up to simply reworking the front and rear fascias. It all gets down to cost. How much effort does Toyota want to make in getting the 86 to look like a baby Supra or not. That's what will be very interesting. Logically the tail light design looks like it would be easy to adapt on to the rear. Given that the mule had a much larger and reverse front grill as opposed to the production BRZ, its seems logical that Toyota could graft on a Supra type nose and grill. Whether or not Toyota wants to re-profile the hood remains to be seen. That might end up being more of a cost. Inside since the interior to me already looks more Toyota(Lexis IS) then Subaru. I would expect no real physical changes other then badging. I also think the exhaust area seems clearly influenced by the current Aston Martin Vantage. This car does have a little Porsche front end in it's overall shape. Even the separated flatter fenders mimic Porsche products. While a little more pointed at the top the headlamps are not that dissimilar to a Porsche Cayman's. It is the side profile with the cladding and slits behind front wheels where this is classic Japanese. It is also side profile where the greenhouse looks most like the previous 86/BRZ with exception of the Hoffmeister kink. I also like the rear tail lights on the BRZ but I don's see them looking much like other Subaru products. Its a good looking car and if the performance and handling are not changed when it is out on the market I'm definitely a buyer for this car. I'm tired of front wheel drive hatchbacks and a Miata/124 are really too small for me. This car seems like it would be a lot more practical then my 500 Abarth.
Adding to that, demographics, specs, and many more obvious things that really divide the two by a lot. It would be great if Japanese automakers were more creative but that comes at a cost and Toyota clearly knows how to manage that. They are after the worlds biggest automaker, or at least second at times.
 
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