For how long? Read on.
The second-generation Subaru BRZ was officially unveiled last month and already we're hearing about a possible STI version. Fingers crossed. But what about its sister, the new Toyota 86? To date, Toyota has remained silent on the matter. According to Japanese website Mag-X, the automaker initially planned to reveal its new affordable sports coupe at the just-canceled 2021 Tokyo Auto Salon, originally scheduled for next month but that will now take place online.
However, sources claim Toyota isn't interested in doing an online-only reveal and aims to have some sort of in-person gathering. And thus the decision has supposedly been made to delay the 2022 86's debut by a full six months.
The hope is that between now and then the pandemic will be under better control thanks to the rollout of new vaccines. By late June or early July, that live debut event will likely be able to take place with far fewer restrictions. Toyota has not commented on the report and isn't expected to until later next week following the Christmas weekend.
Official details are non-existent about the second-gen 86 but we fully expect it'll be nearly identical to the latest BRZ. This means more power, an upgraded interior, and updated exterior styling. Aside from different brand badging and front bumpers, and some very minor chassis tweaks, the outgoing 86-BRZ duo were literally carbon copies of each other.
Like the 2022 BRZ, the all-new 86 will come powered by a new 2.4-liter boxer four-cylinder rated at 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 23 hp and 28 lb-ft. Performance numbers are not yet available but the new coupes will definitely be faster as peak torque kicks in at 3,700 rpm compared to 6,400 rpm in the old models. All of that power, of course, will go directly to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic. Total weight comes to only 2,900 pounds.
The 2022 BRZ will have the same MSRP as its predecessor, $28,845, and we expect the new 86 to have a similar price tag.