Here's what you can expect from the second-generation Toyota 86 *(and Subaru BRZ).
The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are renowned for delivering sports car thrills at an affordable price, but slow sales have left their future in doubt. Thankfully, both models will live on and will be replaced in the near future. Now, Autocar has revealed some tantalizing new details about the new sports car duo.
According to the publication, the Toyota 86 will be rebranded as the "GR86" to bring it in line with the GR Supra, GR Yaris, and the upcoming GR Super Sport hypercar. Compared to the current model, the next-generation versions will also have some significant changes. While the original was built on a Subaru platform, the Japanese automaker's current architectures are not suited to rear-drive sports cars. As a result, the new model will be built on Toyota's TNGA platform.
While the new sports cars will use Toyota underpinnings, Subaru is expected to provide the powertrain once again, which is likely to be a flat-four 'Boxer' engine. Reports suggest the existing 2.0-liter naturally aspirated unit will be replaced with the turbocharged 2.4-liter engine currently used in the Ascent, Legacy and Outback models.
In the Subaru Ascent, this engine produces 255 horsepower, which would be a significant upgrade over the outgoing Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ. The current 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. Forced induction will also provide a substantial torque upgrade over the outgoing model, resulting in improved performance.
The interiors of the current 86 and BRZ left a lot to be desired when they launched back in 2012. Thankfully, this was rectified in the 2020 models, which received upgraded cabins. Likewise, the next-generation models will feature revamped interiors with higher quality materials and upgraded tech.
These upgrades will almost certainly result in a price increase, but both models will still need to be more affordable than its premium competitors like the Audi TT and BMW Z4 and slot under the GR Supra. In the US, the Toyota 86 starts at $26,655 and the Subaru BRZ starts at $28,845. Toyota also won't want the new GR86 to cannibalize sales of the four-cylinder Supra that's sold in Japan.