The FR-S/BRZ/GT86, with its entirely new engine and platform, costs a mere $25,000-$27,000 in the United States (though, Fun Fact: in the UK, prices START at the equivalent of about $42,000. Yeah. Be glad you live in America. Unless you don't, in which case...sorry.). One of the reasons that the car is so cheap is that Toyota and Subaru clearly
spent almost nothing tightened their belts on interior trim. They were able to do this because they had a big parts bin full of vents and switches to use. As a result, the interior of the Toyobaru is a really weird hybrid of the usual switchgear you find in a normal Toyota/Scion or Subaru.
In case you haven't noticed, I've been going a little crazy with posts about my new BRZ. So, on tonight's episode of Gatsby's Ghost Overthinks Everything, I've decided to show you every part on the BRZ that was clearly borrowed from another of the parent companies' cars. (Just watch as zero people recommend this, the dreariest post in Oppo history). If you find anything I've missed, feel free to let me know in the comments!
Alright, so one of the first things that occurred to me is the vents, which are clearly borrowed from a Scion xB or tC. Here you can see the dashboard of the xB:
And here you can see the side vents on a GT86:
Next up, the clock. This will be familiar to anyone who's driven a Toyota product made in about the last 20 years. Here's a modern-ish iteration of the clock as seen on the dashboard of a Scion tC:
...aaaaand here's the BRZ's clock. The buttons are on opposite sides, but it's the same vintage LCD unit:
Some Toyota engineer is probably still pulling in massive royalties on those little square "H" and "M" buttons, because I swear they've been in every Toyota I've ever sat in.
Next up is the window-control switches on the door, the side-mirror adjustment knob, and the inside door handle and manual door lock switch. All of these are standard Subaru switchgear; here's the door control panel on an Impreza:
And here's the door on an FR-S, and a zoom on the controls:
The indicators/high-beam stalk, windshield wiper stalk, and cruise-control stalk are all classic Toyota; there's an identical setup on the 2001 4Runner my dad owns. So here's something dreadful (I think it's a 2007 tC) with the same control stalks—though I hope you'll understand it's a bit dicey trying to find a picture online that actually focuses on the control stalks:
And here's a look at my very own BRZ. Hopefully you can at least see that same weird little square cruise control stalk sticking out on the right side:
The cabin light-dimming knobs are absolutely from a Subaru WRX/STI. Look at those two knobs, over to the left of the steering wheel under the vent:
...and here again, on the BRZ, in the same place:
In the above, as well as the following pictures, you can also see that the E-brake lever placement, and probably the lever itself, are borrowed directly from the Subaru WRX/STI.
And, finally, here's the
most only exciting borrow of them all: while the transmission itself is a Toyota-supplied Aisin box from one of their Lexus IS models (or some such thing), the knob itself is borrowed from Subaru's WRX STI:
Though the font is different on the BRZ's shifter, you can see that it's got the same four leather pieces sewn up on the sides, the same gray is-it-metal-or-isn't-it ring, and the same clear top:
Bonus fun fact about this transmission:
An earlier version of the BRZ's Aisin gearbox was licensed by Honda, then heavily modified and fitted to the S2000. The S2k's gearbox is the closest thing the world has to an objectively perfect shifter. The 86's shifter isn't as good as the one on the S2k, but the throws are beautifully short and notchy. There's at least a little bit of family resemblance there. Apparently not, actually. h/t TheCanadian! My bad.
For those of you who made it to the end: Did I miss anything?
For those of you who skipped to the end hoping to find an interesting punchline: You missed everything.