It's coming, but we don't know when.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ just made its official debut, and the car has huge ramifications beyond the Subaru brand. Of course, the new BRZ was co-developed with Toyota, meaning there will be a new 86-badged variant coming in the future. How far in the future? Well, just because the BRZ was released when the 2020 Los Angeles Auto Show was meant to take place doesn't mean Toyota is ready to rush in with its version.
While the next-generation 86 is pretty much a guarantee, a Toyota spokesperson confirmed to CarBuzz that the company has no news to share on that front. We expect to see the 2022 Toyota 86 sometime next year, and here's what we can expect from it.
For starters, it may not actually be called the 86. The car formerly known as the Scion FR-S and currently known as the GT86 in other markets might receive a re-branding to fall under Toyota's Gazoo Racing lineup like its big brother, the GR Supra. To that end, the next-generation may adopt a name change to GR86. Name change aside, the 86 should be mechanically identical to its Subaru counterpart. The car should also look similar to the BRZ, aside from some Toyota badges and possibly some unique wheel options.
Under the hood, the 86 will utilize Subaru's 2.4-liter boxer four-cylinder, now producing 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. As with the previous generation, power goes to the rear wheels through either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Toyota may offer special editions during the car's life cycle, like a GRMN variant or a Hakone Edition, though we don't anticipate any major performance increases aside from handling upgrades.
As for the interior, the Toyota version shouldn't start far from what Subaru showed off, aside from some possible trim color changes. The new eight-inch touchscreen uses Subaru's latest Starlink infotainment, though that wouldn't be difficult to swap out. Although Toyota might prefer its in-house Entune suite in the dashboard, the company has already shown a willingness to use a foreign system in the BMW-built Supra.
The 2022 BRZ goes on sale in the fall of 2021 as a 2022 model year vehicle, starting at $28,845. If Toyota wants the 86 to arrive as a 2022 vehicle as well, it would need to reveal it in the first half of next year with an on-sale date close to the BRZ's. And if the previous cars provide any indication, the Toyota should undercut the Subaru on price by around $1,000.