Months have passed since Subaru revealed the all-new BRZ. The new sports coupe featured a new look, both inside and out, and uses a larger, more powerful 2.4-liter Boxer engine. While details of the BRZ are out, it's not the same case for its Toyota twin. Since the next-generation BRZ's debut, there has been no word from Toyota about the new 86. No teaser photos, videos, nothing. But it seems that everything changes now.
Toyota and Subaru have announced that they will be revealing a new model jointly developed this coming April 5, 2021, in Japan. But wait, the 86/BRZ aren't the only cars Toyota and Subaru are developing. The two are also building an EV slated for a debut soon. Interestingly, Toyota's announcement comes from the Toyota Gazoo Racing website. With, it is very likely then that this is the next-generation 86.
For now, Toyota is tight-lipped on the next-gen 86, even after the BRZ reveal. While it is still a mechanical twin of the new BRZ, there will be some differences. The first is the design. Expect the overall shape of the 86 to be shared with the BRZ, but with unique headlights, taillights, and bumpers. There will likely be changes inside the cabin too.
Another possibility is regarding the powertrain and suspension. Toyota may have changed things up with the transmission, springs, dampers, and even the differential and gearing compared to the BRZ. Remember, the 86 will likely be under the Gazoo Racing alongside the GR Yaris and the GR Supra. With that, we also talk about the name.
All of Toyota's performance models have the GR-prefix, and the 86 may get the same treatment. So instead of 86, the new model could be called GR 86.
Thankfully we won't have to wait too long to find out more about the next-generation 86 or GR 86. Toyota will be revealing it along with a Subaru counterpart in a few weeks.