Remember those reports from earlier in the week? The ones pronouncing the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 dead, telling the world there won't be a second generation?
"We do not endorse this report coming from Japan’s Best Car,” he said. “We are moving ahead with a next-generation Subaru BRZ, but have no further details at this time.”
That's in keeping with what was reported in the Japan Times last year. According to the publication, the second-generation sports coupe will lob with a 2.4-litre engine.
There was no word on whether that engine would be naturally-aspirated or turbocharged, but Tetsuya Tada last year told CarAdvice the current car's platform won't support forced induction.
That means if the next-generation car is to get a turbocharged engine, it'll need to be based on fresh underpinnings.
"I do like turbos, however if we come up with a turbo version of the 86 and boost up the power that would result in the necessity of changing the basic configuration completely, to come up with a car that I would be satisfied with,” he said.
“One characteristic of the 86 is that in terms of the front balance its slightly front loaded so it makes the handling more fast and agile. So if we were to come up with a turbo version, we would have to go change the weight balance between the front and the rear."
According to reports, the second-generation BRZ and Toyota 86 will lob in 2021.