Toyota Australia has revealed that a second-gen version of the 86 compact sports coupe will be manufactured, despite assertions to the contrary.
A recent report from a Japanese source claimed that the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ wouldn't be getting direct replacements. It was suggested that the 86 would be killed off and the Subaru replaced with a more expensive model of the new Supra.
Toyota, though, has rubbished those claims, confirming that the 86 will still be produced while Subaru has pretty much done the same for threar-wheel-driverive coupe.
Brodie Bott, Toyota Australia's public affairs manager, has strengthened the company's denial, declaring that the 86 will continue to roll out.
“When those reports blew up, we had a few chats internally and I can tell you right now, the car (second-generation 86) is coming," Bott told GoAuto.
“I don’t know where these reports have come from, but at this stage we are certainly not looking to discontinue it, it’s a pretty important car for us and it will be the little brother to the Supra.”
Asked if there will be a successor to the current 86 model, he replied: “There will be, we’ve seen it, it is coming."
The new Supra is a product of a collaboration with BMW and is strongly related to the Z4 but the 86 was manufactured as part of a joint venture with Subaru, who produces the BRZ.
The 86 is currently powered by a Subaru-sourced, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated boxer engine. The new Supra will be available with 2.0-liter, turbo-petrol unit in base form overseas.
Rumors claimed that the similarities where power is concerned will see the 86 discontinued so the entry-level Supra could reign supreme as Toyota's most affordable rear-wheel-drive coupe. But the 86 isn't going away just yet, although it is unknown if Subaru will be involved in the manufacturing process.
Other reports have suggested that it could be fitted with an enlarged, naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, four-cylinder flat four. But what we do know for now is that it's coming.