Germans And Japanese To Rival And Compete
When we talk about sports cars that are popular in the American market, we can’t forget about Porsche and its entry model, the 718 Cayman.
However, in contrast to the GR 86/BRZ, which is a four-seater, the 718 Cayman is a two-seater, with the engine placed in its rear part.
This German too, has a selection of engines like the Americans.
Entry-level model comes with a 300hp 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged boxer, starting at $60,500. The top GTS 4.0 model comes with a 394 hp 4-liter 6-cylinder naturally-aspirated boxer, and starts at $87,400.
By the way, the current Toyota 86 starts at $27,000 in North America. Just by comparing the entry-level models, the 718 Cayman is more than twice the price of the 86.
Its body size may be close, but the price range is very different.
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Japanese sports cars that are popular in the U.S. are not limited to the 86 and BRZ.
While the Honda NSX and Nissan GT-R are far apart in both price and performance from the 86/BRZ, the Nissan 370Z and Mazda MX-5 RF are close enough to be called rivals.
Although the current Z is soon to be replaced by the next generation, the current model is equipped with a 350 hp 3.7-liter V-6 engine and starts at $30,000. Its engine has more power than the 86/BRZ, but the price is quite close.
Mazda’s two-seater targa top, the MX-5 RF, comes with 181 hp 2.0-liter I4 and starts at $33,045.
Compared to the two Japanese two-seaters, the GR 86/BRZ has an advantage in two ways: it is a four-seater and is more affordable.
The GR 86/BRZ 4-seat coupe, powered by a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated engine, should be close in terms of price range with its predecessor, which is around $30,000.
Considering that, the rivals for the new models in the North American market will be the entry-level Mustang and Camaro, and the Z and MX-5 RF as rivals sharing the same nationality.