Details have appeared on which platforms new generations of Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 sports cars can be built.September 20, 2019
Automobile publications previously said that the Japanese company Toyota does not see a cost-effective reason for updating 86. However, now more and more information appears on the development of twin sports cars BRZ, 86 and FR-S. At the moment, we know which platforms are most likely to build new products.
At first, automotive media reported that Toyota did not consider the development and production of a new version of the 86 model to be economically viable. However, Subaru confirmed that the latest version of sports cars with rear-wheel drive, including the BRZ, was almost identical to the sports car Toyota.
Heads of Toyota a little later reflected the opinion of their partner about the Gen 2, however, there are no detailed details regarding the BRZ and 86 yet. Editors in foreign media have published some reports on 2021 models, starting with “previews at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.”
It is known that Toyota and Subaru are developing concepts for each release for a car dealership in Japan. The only thing that still somehow raises doubts is the statement that “the new GA-B platform can use a torsion beam or multi-link rear suspension system, which will be used by BRZ and 86”.
The TNGA GA-B platform for new vehicles was recently launched. It is too short for these cars, and it also lacks a cardan shaft that connects the engine to the differential located on the rear axle. Toyota, by the way, even introduced a mobile chassis for analysis. There is a small problem in that it is built on front-wheel drive and a transverse engine. Subaru developed the platform for the twin brothers BRZ, 86 and FR-S even when Scion was unknown. By the way, the name FR-S means: F – front-mounted engine, R – rear-wheel drive, S – sports version.
The current generation of cars are built on the Impreza platform, and not on the modern global platform from Subaru. A single platform cannot be converted to RWD, so it makes sense to assume that an updated platform, or something from TNGA, will be used for new products.
At the moment, only the GA-N and GA-L architectures are combined with rear-wheel drive, however they are both too large for BRZ and 86 cars in their current format. It is also worth noting that there is an e-TNGA platform designed for electric vehicles, but it is quite difficult to convert it to ICE. Therefore, new items are likely to use the outgoing platform with some modifications. There is still the possibility that the cars will be built on the N or GA-N platform, if Toyota manages to shorten them enough for its sports car.
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