PETALING JAYA: The internet has been abuzz with news of the next-generation Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ, which stems from a report by autocar.co.uk.
According to the site, Toyota and Subaru are working together once again and Toyota has decided to name the GT 86 successor as GR 86, adding another model to Gazoo Racing’s lineup after the GR Supra and the recently revealed Yaris GR-4.
The same source also adds that the new generation of rear-drive coupes for both the Toyota and Subaru brands will be built on a modified version of Toyota's TNGA architecture. Autocar estimates the GR 86 will arrive in 2021.
Meanwhile, reports from the Japanese motoring media are betting on the introduction of the FA24 H4-T engine for the upcoming sports car. It premiered in the Ascent three-row crossover and is a 2.4-litre boxer engine with a single turbocharger and produces 260hp.
If that's the case, then the horsepower count would increase significantly from the original 200hp along with a substantial torque bump available much earlier in the rpm range with the implementation of forced induction.
The current 86 offers 212Nm of torque which does 0 to 100kph in 7.6 seconds for the manual and 8.2 seconds for the automatic model.