More positive news has been pouring in before the year ends. For those who have been waiting to hear the latest word on Toyota 86, we have some great news. Recent reports claimed that the Japanese car manufacturer has already given the “go-signal” to build the next gen model. The new generation Toyota 86 according to Karl Schlicht is expected to arrive this 2019. Toyota Europe’s vice president also confirmed that the upcoming model would be marketed along with the much-awaited Toyota Supra.
Whether they will once again partner with Subaru is still unclear. But it seems very likely so we’ll just have to wait for them to release the official announcement. One thing is certain though, and that is Toyota’s commitment to build sports cars. Schlicht further stated that they would carry on with the concept’s low engine design.
The concept vehicle’s flat-four engine as we know was developed with Subaru. This provides the car’s low centre of gravity, which is very important if you have to consider the specs of a sports car. All things considered, the former Scion FR-S (or the GT86 sports car) will be offered as a coupe---even if Toyota earlier unveiled a topless version of the 86 during the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
In addition, Schlicht hasn’t confirmed anything about its powertrain. But it’s very likely that the new Toyota 86 will also come with Subaru’s engine. When asked to comment about the convertible variant, Schlicht didn’t go into details except that they won’t be doing it on the current model. But he’s aware that it doesn’t mean that no one likes the idea. It’s just that it’s not in their priorities right now nor do they have enough capacity to handle such demand.
Toyota and Subaru released a Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ back in 2011. Aside from equipping the pair with rear wheel drive and basic features, both sports cars come with affordable prices. The FR-S features a 205hp 2.0 litre engine and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. It also boasts fuel economy of 21mpg (city), 28mpgh (highway) and combined fuel returns of up to 24mpg.
Meanwhile, Toyota currently develops the new Supra together with BMW. Schlicht confirmed that the partnership is doing well. Even so, he made it clear that their version is different from the German brand. We can only agree. After all, it took many years until Toyota has finally decided to replace the old Supra. This “rebirth” must be really worth the wait, don’t you think?