The next version of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ might be arriving for the Tokyo Motor Show later in October.
We’ve known for a few months now that the twinned sports cars from Toyota and Subaru were going to live on for another generation despite the arrival of the new Toyota Supra. Rather than compete for the same customers, Toyota considers the 86 to be the more “entry-level” sports car while the Supra takes the role of the 86’s bigger, more powerful brother.
A longstanding complaint with the 86 and BRZ from enthusiasts is a general lack of power. The current car is powered by a 2.0-L FA20 4-cylinder engine with about 200 horses, which is a fine amount for a small, rear-engined sports car. So long as you’re coming from an underpowered family four-door, that is. If you’re not, then the 86/BRZ’s performance might be somewhat lacking.
For those folks, we have good news! The next-gen 86/BRZ will be more powerful, and we’ll probably find out just how much on October 24th at the Tokyo Motor Show. That’s when Toyota is rumored to reveal the next-gen 86 in concept form.
The report comes from Japanese car magazine Best Car, which is usually pretty accurate when it comes to rumors. While the concept version will be unveiled later this year, the production model isn’t expected to arrive until early 2021, meaning we’ll have to wait a while before we see the finished product.
As far as platform choice goes, that’s still a bit up in the air. Subaru’s Global Platform is out as it’s designed for AWD-only vehicles and it seems like a logistical nightmare to re-engineer it for a rear-wheel-drive sports car. Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) is the likeliest solution, although it’s expected to get some teaks specifically for the 86/BRZ.
Subaru will still supply the motor, but it will get a bit bigger. Gone is the old 2.0-L 4-cylinder, and instead the 86/BRZ will get the 2.4-L 4-cylinder from lower-trimmed versions of the Subaru Legacy and Ascent. Power will rise to 220 hp, which will still be routed through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
We’ll learn more at the Tokyo Motor Show later in October.