Testing for the new Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ has already begun.
Last month, Subaru announced it was no longer accepting orders for the BRZ in Japan, suggesting that production of the current-generation sports car and its Toyota 86 sibling is ending after eight years on the market. This means the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 likely won't be sold for the 2021 model year.
Do not despair, however, because the fabled Japanese sports cars are being redesigned for a new generation - and this new spy video offers our first glimpse at the new Toyota 86, seemingly confirming that testing of the all-new model is now underway. The video shows a prototype of the next-generation Toyota 86 on city streets near Toyota's research and development facility in Michigan.
Sadly, the video isn't great quality and the prototype is heavily camouflaged, but the headlights and taillights appear to have been redesigned, while the rear features an integrated trunk spoiler. The overall shape, however, looks very familiar.
Reports suggest the new Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ will be underpinned by Toyota's TNGA architecture since it can be adapted to support rear-wheel drive powertrains. Like the current model, Subaru is expected to provide the powertrain, which will reportedly be the same turbocharged 2.4-liter engine that powers the Subaru Ascent, Subaru Legacy, and Subaru Outback.
According to a leaked document, this unit will generate over 255 horsepower. Power will, of course, be sent to the rear wheels. For comparison, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder powering the current Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 produces 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. The next-generation Toyota 86 will also reportedly be called the GR86, putting it in line with Toyota's other performance-focused cars like the GR Supra and GR Yaris.
Now that testing of the new Subaru BRZ has begun, we're keeping our fingers crossed the second-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 will debut next spring and go on sale as 2022 models as rumors have claimed.