Having been around since early 2012, the Toyota 86 is one of the oldest sports cars on the market and some would say it’s in dire need of a replacement.
Although we have yet to see spy shots of the second generation, we at least know straight from the horse’s mouth that a new car is being developed and it will once again have a sister model in the Subaru BRZ. Now, a new report published by Autocar attempts to shed some light on the dynamic duo, which is expected to switch from a Subaru platform to Toyota’s TNGA.
While the sports car will allegedly remain rear-wheel drive, it will shift to a new platform and get an improved interior
The 86 will also supposedly be renamed 86 GR to fall in line with the rest of Toyota’s emerging Gazoo Racing high-performance model line-up, including the Yaris GR hot hatch and Supra GR sports car.
What is fresh, though, is Allcarnews claiming the 86 GR’s turbo-petrol engine will produce 190kW (255hp) of power – an output consistent with the 2.4-litre boxer four-cylinder unit suggested by Autocar. Peak torque wasn’t quoted by either report, but expect it to be around the 370Nm mark.
This engine will reportedly be sourced from Subaru, which has publicly confirmed it will once again co-develop its BRZ sports car with Toyota
As such, expect the new model to also be powered by a 190kW 2.4-litre turbo-petrol boxer four-cylinder unit, which currently does service in the Liberty sedan and Outback SUV in some markets.
For reference, the existing 86 and BRZ twins develop up to 152kW at 7000rpm and 212Nm from 6400-6800rpm from their 2.0-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder engine.