The Toyota 86 will be even more fun to drive than the Supra, according to Toyota’s chief engineer.
There has been mounting speculation about the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ successors. At one point, we were worried they wouldn't be renewed after the current generation. This would have been very disappointing because the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are excellent entry-level sports cars with fun driving dynamics and affordable prices. Ho owever, Toyota has confirmed it will once again be teaming up with Subaru to co-develop next-generation versions of the 86 and BRZ. The announcement was made as part of a renewed partnership between the two automakers.
In addition, Toyota and Subaru will jointly develop all-wheel-drive models that "offer the ultimate sensation in all-wheel driving." Subaru will also expand its use of Toyota's hybrid technology after using it in the Crosstek Hybrid and both automakers will collaborate in the fields of autonomous driving and connected cars.
As a result of this new alliance, Toyota's shares in Subaru will increase from 16.83 percent to a minimum of 20 percent, which means Subaru will become an affiliated company of Toyota. Subaru will be buying shares in Toyota worth up to 80 billion yen ($741 million).
Going back to the second-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, details about the upcoming sports cars are scarce. However, Toyota's chief engineer Tetsuya Tada recently made a bold claim that the new 86 will be even more fun to drive than the Supra. It's currently being developed by a brand new team, according to the chief engineer.
Both the new Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are also expected to utilize Toyota's newly developed GA-B platform and ditch the current model's 2.0-liter Boxer engine in favor of a 2.4-liter turbo. This is reportedly the same unit that powers the Subaru Ascent, which produces 260 horsepower, but the output will apparently be detuned to 217 hp.
Toyota hasn't confirmed when we can expect the new-generation 86 and BRZ to break cover. A recent report by Japan's Bestcar Magazine claimed both cars will debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, but that seems extremely unlikely considering no spy shots of prototypes or official teaser photos have been released yet.