Rumor Alert! The next generation Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ is on its way and it’s going to benefit from more power thanks to a larger engine among other things.
Rumor alert! If you’ve hankerd for a Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ with some honest to goodness power, you’re in luck. According to some unfounded rumors from Japan Times and Kyodo earlier today (Apr. 3,2018) Toyota and Subaru are working on the second generation Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ that will definitely have more power. With an alleged bigger NA engine from 2.0L to 2.4L, this Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ will presumably make about 20 percent more power. Toyota and Subaru plan to unveil their product in 2021.
While sales of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are roughly a third of what they were selling back in its peak in 2013 with Toyota moving about 6,500 units last year, there is still a demand for a sporty and affordable coupe.
As it sits, the Toyota 86 benefited from a bump in power last year to a respectable 205 HP and 156 lb-ft. Nothing to write home about but the Achilles heel to the overall package. Owners and prospective buyers are hankering for more power.
With the alleged upsizing of the engine by a whole .4L, power numbers should hover around 240-245 HP and 190 lb-ft.
No word on whether or not forced induction or hybridization will be used but my guess is that these would only increase the price and take away from the 86/BRZ being affordable.
Toyota and Subaru are going to keep this second generation 86 and BRZ as simple as possible. That means tweaks will be made to this existing chassis, but nothing of a full redesign.
Handling will be further refined, being a hallmark of the driving experience of this particular car.
As is the trend for lots of upcoming cars the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ will benefit from a host of the latest safety and autonomous tech. That means lane monitoring, steering aid, advanced cruise control, emergency braking and whatever the latest advancements that Toyota and Subaru will make in the coming years.
Since there’s an unnamed source, this could all be pretty much nothing but boy, do those details of a second generation in three years and slightly more power make it believable.
It would be a shame if Toyota and Subaru limited this collaboration to just a one time deal. The world needs fun cars like the 86/BRZ. A second generation just seems…right.