Toyota’s chief engineer wants to make the new 86 more fun to drive than the Supra.
After a long hiatus, the iconic Toyota Supra has made a triumphant return, but if you want a more affordable Toyota sports car, you can't go wrong with the 86. Starting at $26,655, it's around half the price of the new Supra and is great fun to drive thanks to its rear-wheel-drive setup and perky 2.0-liter flat-four engine.
Co-developed with Subaru, the Toyota 86 was introduced back in 2012 alongside the Subaru BRZ. Sales of both cars have rapidly declined over the years, so an update is long overdue. A recent report claimed that the next-generation 86 and BRZ could debut at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Show next month. It should live up to expectations, too, because the new 86 will be even better than the new Supra according to Toyota.
Speaking with Australia's Which Car, Toyota's chief engineer Tetsuya Tada confirmed a new 86 is under development by a new team, and the goal is to make it even more fun to drive than the Supra. "We have to make a new 86 that surpasses the Supra… that is what the customer expects," Tetsuya Tada told the publication.
Sadly, Tetsuya Tada wouldn't reveal any technical details about the new 86. Both the new Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ will reportedly ride on Toyota's newly developed GA-B platform, which is more rigid and will allow MacPherson-strut suspension in the front and either a torsion beam or multi-link rear suspension system in the rear while also reducing the car's center of gravity.
Powertrain options haven't been confirmed, but a recent report by Japan's Bestcar Magazine claims the 2.0-liter Boxer engine found in the current 86 and BRZ will be replaced by a new 2.4-liter turbocharged unit. This is the same unit that powers the Subaru Ascent, which produces 260 horsepower. The output will allegedly be detuned to 217 hp, however, resulting in a 12 hp increase over the current BRZ and 86.