Toyota’s 86 together with its Subaru BRZ sibling are perhaps one (we won’t state two, because they’re identical) of the most celebrated, traditional cars of our time, but they’ve been eclipsed recently. Why? Well, the answer comes from within the Japanese manufacturer’s stables: the newly-revealed Supra.
” Supra this, Supra that,” has controlled much of the automobile soundscape over the past year. Whether the chatter is through news posts, social media posts or enthusiast forums– the sheer amount of hype is deafening and has been difficult to escape.
A lot so, that reports appeared of the GT86 and Subaru BRZ being axed, but thankfully, for enthusiasts and fans of RWD coupes, they showed to be incorrect, as both Toyota and Subaru quickly denied them, verifying the development of a second-generation model.
While there are no spy shots (… yet) to elaborate on the next-generation 86’s presence, that doesn’t stop us from crystal-ball gazing. So what could it appear like and what engines could it use? Let us check out further making some educated styling guesses based on history and the brand’s current design themes. We worry that this particular render is simply CarScoops’ handle a possible styling direction. If and when we get our hands on images of real models, we’ll return with something more accurate.
While the response to the Supra has been relatively mixed in terms of its style (frontal styling in specific), the GT86 might entice those undecided buyers with bold, yet less polarizing looks.
This design study leans on the initial AE86 for visual inspiration (though you will also discover aspects from the Supra too). Cue the lift-back profile, wedge-like nose and sharp shoulder-line creases.
The rear hatch and raised rear could offer more space for baggage and the +2 seats. Distinct styling highlights consist of bold haunches, triple DRL headlamps, floating roofing system style, and upper fender vents. At the back, full-width horizontal LED tail lamps, ducktail spoiler and huge diffuser complete the menacing appearance.
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From The Driver’s Seat
Expect the next GT86 to provide a much more beautiful cabin, with contemporary, driver-orientated ergonomics and higher-quality products.
The outdated infotainment system will be binned in favor of a much snappier touch-screen user interface that lastly supports Apple CarPlay phone mirroring. Another substantial change will be the inclusion of basic driver-assist safety systems. These range from pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, roadway indication help, adaptive cruise control, lane tracing assist, reverse automatic braking and blind-spot detection.
Powertrain & Platform
If there’s one thing numerous customers were singing about, that would be the lack of a turbocharged engine, even as an alternative to the naturally aspirated 197hp boxer 4 powering the existing car.
Subaru’s new 2.4-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder boxer engine might either replace or perhaps better yet, supplement a base 2.0-liter unit. Such a relocation would resolve one of the most typical grievances about the present car– the absence of power. This motor is currently utilized in Subaru’s Ascent large SUV and the all-new Legacy. In this type, it pumps out 260 horsepower (194 kilowatts) and 277 pound-feet (376 Newton-meters) of torque.
According to a primary engineer of the 86 and Supra, Tetsuya Tada, turbocharging was off the table in the present car as the platform wasn’t appropriate. While Toyota already uses BMW’s rear-wheel-drive architecture in the turbocharged Supra, and it will not underpin the next 86 as it should continue to be co-developed with Subaru for the BRZ.
Sports Car Rivals
Asides from its Subaru BRZ sibling, the 86 will contend against other sports coupes like Ford’s 2.3-litre Ecoboost Mustang, Audi TT, Mazda MX5, Nissan 370Z and Toyota’s own Supra (in 2.0-litre, JDM-only format, however that engine won’t be coming to North America).
We do not have any details on when Subaru and Toyota might release the rear-wheel-drive coupe. However, a launch in late 2020 or 2021 would make sense.
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