Small sports coupe fans breathed a sigh of relief last year when it was revealed the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ had been officially renewed for a second generation.
Now, there’s even more good news: Autocar reports the second-generation twins will see a big bump in power.
Like the current models, the new coupes will use a Subaru powertrain.
Yes, that means an engine used to power a Toyota Kluger rival will now be under the bonnet of a small coupe.
The current naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre boxer engine has 152kW and 212Nm. In the Ascent, the turbo 2.4-litre produces 190kW and 376Nm, representing a healthy bump in power and torque.
Not offered here, the Supra SZ makes 145kW and 320Nm, though in more expensive SZ-R trim those outputs are increased to 190kW and 400Nm.
Naturally, the new cars are expected to feature upgraded technology and materials in the interior. That's good news as the current cars’ cabins are showing their 2012 vintage.
Autocar believes the new 86 and BRZ will arrive sometime in 2021.
Don’t expect a hybrid version though, at least not yet. While hybrids are continuing to proliferate throughout the Toyota range, the company believes its current-generation hybrid system is too heavy for performance vehicles.
Said Naohiko Sato, chief engineer of the GR Yaris, “Right now, if we chose an electrified powertrain for a sports car, it would be heavier".
“We decided it’s not the right way to go right now. Maybe when the technology gets better and we have new technology allowing lighter powertrains, it could be good.”
Autocar also reports the 86 will also receive an ever-so-slightly different name: GR86, as in Gazoo Racing.
Though the UK is one of the few markets where the 86 wears the GT86 nameplate, suggesting the new name mightn’t be universal, Toyota is keen to promote its Gazoo Racing division.
The new Supra, after all, is referred to officially as the GR Supra.
Toyota is also expanding the global presence of Gazoo Racing, with the rorty little GR Yaris arriving in Australia late this year.