For some time now, we knew that Subaru and Toyota have been working on the next-generation 86 and BRZ. Subaru has already revealed the new BRZ, so it only makes sense that Toyota will soon follow suit.
The second-generation Subaru BRZ
A day ago on March 25, Subaru posted something on its official Facebook page. It is a teaser for an upcoming event that’s scheduled to take place online on April 5. Attending the online event is Tetsuro Fujinuki, Subaru’s Chief Technical Officer, as well as Koji Sato, the President of Gazoo Racing.
Now, the presence of Sato-san has gotten our attention. Do note that Subaru and Toyota have been working together on several projects, but Koji Sato’s presence only confirms that what’s going to be revealed at the online event is going to be a sports car.
The teaser posted by Subaru. Note the identical lines on the cars
Moreover, the teaser shows the front-ends of two cars, which each have Toyota and Subaru badging. Suffice to say, they look identical. As such, we can only assume that the model that’s going to be shown at the online event is none other than the Toyota 86.
For now, there are no details regarding its powertrain. We also do not know if it will have actual differences with its Subaru counterpart that’s already being sold in certain markets. We are certain though that the new 86 will be using the same engine and platform as the BRZ.
Of note, the new BRZ uses a new 2.4-liter Boxer engine capable of making up to 228 horsepower and 249 Nm of torque. Those are significantly more than what the current Philippine-spec 86 and BRZ can produce. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
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We're certain that the upcoming Toyota 86 will have identical capabilities with the new Subaru BRZ
Remember also that Motor Image Pilipinas (MIP) has confirmed that the second-generation Subaru BRZ is indeed coming to the Philippines by 2022. As such, it is highly likely that Toyota Motor Philippines will also bring in the upcoming second-generation Toyota 86.
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Know more about Toyota 86 2021
The Toyota 86, or GT 86 in other markets, is a 2-door sports car produced together by Toyota and Subaru. It shares the same engine and platform with the Subaru BRZ, while having slight variances when it comes to exterior and interior design. Under the hood, the Toyota 86 uses 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated boxer engine. While this engine is produced by Subaru, it uses Toyota's D4-S fuel injection system. At most, the engine can make up to 200 horsepower and 205 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear via a six-speed manual transmission.
Cesar G.B. Miguel