Will The Next Generation Of The Subaru BRZ Be A Hybrid?

All signs are pointing towards battery power.

We recently found out that Subaru and Toyota are teaming upto create another sports car. While the first generation of the Subaru BRZ andScion FR-S (Toyota GT86) were affordable, tail-happy cars aimed at enthusiasts,there’s a rumor going around that the next iteration of the sports car could bea hybrid. Subaru president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga hasconfirmed the collaboration with Toyota for the next generation of the BRZcoupe, which may be a hybrid. Why do we think the lightweight, rear-wheel drive sports car could be going hybrid?

Remember that Yoshinaga said Toyota and Subaru would do a "full model change." WhileSubaru's president declined to state when the new successor to the BRZ will come out, weknow that the automaker is planning to put its first plug-in hybrid into productionin 2018 and won’t sell the vehicle in Japan. Subaru only plans to offer theplug-in hybrid in markets where it’s required by regulations, stated Yoshinaga.He also declined to state which Subaru model would get the hybrid drivetrain,which leaves the door open for the next iteration of the BRZ becoming a hybrid.Would Subaru be making a mistake by turning the next BRZ into a hybrid?

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