Next-gen Toyota 86 sports coupe postponedMarch 24, 2021
The debut of a completely new generation of Toyota 86 sports coupe is temporarily postponed to next year. The fact is that the CEO of the automaker does not want to release a car that was 100% a clone of the Subaru BRZ.
Since the debut of the facelifted Subaru BRZ, Toyota has been relatively quiet – there have been no announcements regarding their sports coupe version. The Japanese automaker wants to make sure the new 86 isn’t just another BRZ clone. It is worth noting that both Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 represent essentially the same car.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda instructed his design team to “distance the Toyota 86 as far as possible from the new Subaru BRZ.”
So this will likely guarantee Toyota’s sports car version will be released next year.
However, it would be an oversight not to mention that the list of areas that brand engineers can improve is extremely limited. According to rumors, the specialists of the brand will change the feeling of driving a car by changing gear ratios and slightly different engine settings.
As we saw earlier, Toyota will have basically the same exterior aesthetics as a version of essentially the same model from Subaru. Look closely and you will find minor changes in the profile of the front bumper and rear combination lamp. Apart from these areas, the Toyota nameplate remains the only distinguishing factor.
Power will continue to come from the FA24’s horizontally opposed 2.4-liter four-cylinder, producing roughly 228 horsepower and 249 Nm of torque to the rear wheels. For a naturally aspirated engine, this is already a big improvement over previous models such as the FA20 and EJ20, which barely managed to break the 200 hp mark.
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