Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT-86 — TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?


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The Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86 are two identical sports cars that were developed by Japanese automakers Subaru and Toyota. There is only one generation. These two coupés are manufactured at Subaru’s Gunma assembly plant in Kanto, Japan. Until 2016, it was sold as Scion FR-S in Norht America. Depending on the market, the vehicle is sold under a marque or another. It is known as the Toyota 86 in Asia, Australia and America and South Africa. In Europe, it’s called Toyota GT-86. In Nicaragua, Jamaica and Brunei it is known as Toyota FT-86.

its name comes from the Toyota Corolla AE86, also known as Toyota Corolla Levin or Sprinter Trueno, which was the equivalent of this model in the Japanese marque during the 80s. Regarding Subaru, the acronym BRZ means “Boxer, Rear-Wheel-Drive, Zenith”; in other words, a description of this sports car. The 86 / BRZ is a coupe with a front Boxer engine and rear-wheel drive. Regarding Scion, its acronym FR-S stands for “Front-Engine Rear-Wheel-Drive Sports-Car”.

The reason for this sports car to be marketed underf 3 different marques the price of developing platforms for sports cars, which are expensive to manufacture and have a limited production number, since they are cars with low sales. In Toyota’s case, the Supra, which is the brand’s sports car above this model, is developed in collaboration with BMW. Some competitors to the Toyota GT-86 / Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S are the Audi TT, Nissan 370Z, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, Peugeot RCZ and the most basic versions of the BMW Z4. Apparently, a new generation of these vehicles is being developed to be released between late 2021 and early 2022. It will be called Toyota GR-86, using the “Gazoo Racing” brand that they have been using for some years in the world of competition. Subaru, on the other hand, would keep the BRZ designation.

Toyota GT-86 / Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S /Toyota 86 models which have been produced so far. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S / Toyota 86 models.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Toyota GT-86 / Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S I – First Generation (ZN6) (2012)


Diesel Engines

There are no diesel engines in the Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S 1 Gen.

Petrol Engines

  • FA20D 2.0 203 CV (2012)
  • 4U-GSE / FA20D 2.0 (ZN6AC_, ZN6BC_) 200 CV (2012)
  • 4U-GSE 2.0 (ZN6EY_) 208 CV (2016)
Subaru BRZ / Toyota GR-86 2nd Gen, to be released in 2022.

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