No turbo, but the next 86 car may have more power.
Ever since the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ debuted back in 2012, fans have been clamoring for one thing - more power. Pleas from enthusiasts have gone unanswered as Toyota and Subaru refuse to add a turbocharger to the 86 platform. Despite slow sales, Toyota and Subaru are currently developing the next generation 86 and BRZ. Details have been minimal, but Japan Times has some tasty news about the upcoming sports cars, which could give enthusiasts something to be happy about.
The next 86 car is expected to arrive in 2021 with improved performance. It will be built in Subaru’s plant in the Gunma Prefecture and will continue to be sold as the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ. The Subaru version will adopt more of the Japanese automaker's safety technology, including automatic emergency braking and the EyeSight driver assistance system. The biggest news to emerge from this report is the rumor of a new 2.4-liter boxer engine, which would replace the current 2.0-liter mill. The size increase will supposedly provide a lower center of gravity for greater stability in turns. No details were given on power, but it may be safe to assume the larger engine will have more grunt.
The current 2.0-liter flat-four engine produces 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque, so it would be nice to see more power in the next generation. If this report is correct, we won't see the next 86 cars until around 2021, so for now we'll have to live with the current models.