According to our recent and completely unscientific poll, the majority of our readership prefers the Subaru BRZ to its kissing cousin, the Toyota GT 86. Just about half of those who clicked an opinion on our poll sided with the Subie, while the remainder were split – a quarter went with the Toyota and a quarter said the two cars were so similar that it didn't matter.

Similar they are, with different grilles, front fascias and badges standing out as the main differentiators. The rest is pretty much the same, right down to the front and rear lights. And, according to Automotive News at least, there's a little bit of Toyota trickery at work in the styling.

Take a close look at the rear of either the GT 86 or BRZ. Incorporating both the reverse lights and a rear foglight in the center between the dual exhaust tips is a distinctive element with a prominent inverted triangle shape. According to Toyota, that design "stands for Toyota's 'T' shape" and is meant to 'express its identity.'

That's all well and good, but it's also present on the Subaru, which is otherwise completely absent of any Toyota badging, for obvious reasons. This is especially noteworthy since Toyota led the car's styling and bodyshape while Subaru invested its resources on the engine and chassis.

Is there a conspiracy at play? We doubt it. It seems more likely that the rear element is meant to recall nothing more than the safety light on Formula 1 cars, and the fact that it's an inverted triangle is a clever way for Toyota's marketing team to highlight the dual-headed-machine's Toyota-bred styling work.

Finally, consider the fact that the Scion FR-S, which is what Toyota's version of the coupe will be sold as in the United States, also features the exact same rear lighting element. In case you hadn't noticed... there's no 'T' in Scion, either.


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      trzjax
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't get what the hell the author was trying to say here.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      The upside down triangle definitely makes me think of a certain group's image identity, but that group is not Toyota.
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      I stared at this thing for so long that I found Waldo.
      re037
      • 3 Years Ago
      put down the crack pipe
      sashagof
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually reminds me of the rotor on the back of an RX-8. Doesn't seem to have any purpose on this car.
        Edward
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sashagof
        Wa-a-a-a-a-ay back in the sixties, GM had T-3 headlights with a T and a 3 embossed in a triangle in the center of the glass. This triangle is a similar shape. Coincidence? I don't think so. In other words, BFD.
      goldenfri
      • 3 Years Ago
      I blame the masons, they must have something to do with this, right?
      ShutoSteve
      • 3 Years Ago
      This type of light is also found at the bottom of a 370Z's rear bumper, albeit in a cube shape. If Toyota is trying to push themselves onto Subaru, then surely by logical deduction, Nissan must be trying to subconsciously sell more Cubes to Z afficiendo. And because I wear blue jeans I want people to buy more Smurfs paraphernalia.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol...can't take this serious at all. i have a different question: what where they thinking when they designed this hideous spoiler???
        DyanRucar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        as hideous as the spolier is, its purely functional. get dem better emm pee gees
      • 3 Years Ago
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      F1
      • 3 Years Ago
      no reason for this article other than AB writers anxious to hump this car.....grow up.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is dumb.
      mufpixtintrix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Must be one hell of a slow day at Autoblog. Oh well, I'm still looking forward to these vehicles. Can't wait!
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