The next generation of Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ coupe – identical twins except for the names, badges and a different bend in the front bumper – will get a bigger engine but miss out on long-awaited turbocharging, according to a new report out of Japan.
Despite earlier reports claiming the new models would be turbocharged, Japanese publication Best Car Web claims a naturally-aspirated Subaru-designed 2.4-litre four-cylinder ‘FA24’ engine will power the twins – replacing the 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘FA20’ currently offered.
This would increase engine outputs from 152kW/219Nm currently to 162kW/240Nm, using Japanese power figures as a guide.
The current, first-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ went on sale in 2012 and have remained largely unchanged across their lifecycle. Current Australian models have an output rating of 152kW/212Nm when equipped with a manual transmission.
Above: Subaru BRZ STI, top of article: 2017 Toyota 86 GR HV hybrid concept
The image used at the top of this story is a Toyota hybrid concept car from the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show; it is unclear if the new models will share some of these design themes.
Best Car Web says the dimensions of the new models will remain unchanged – at 4250mm long, 1780mm wide and 1315mm tall, hinting to a carryover platform but a redesigned body – however the magazine does not say whether they will gain weight with their larger capacity engines.
Meanwhile, the latest report out of Japan also claims there will be an increased emphasis on automatic transmission-equipped Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ models “in response to the new era”, although both models are said to retain a six-speed manual option.
While the 2.4-litre four-cylinder may miss out on turbocharging in the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, a turbocharged version is likely to power the 2021 Subaru WRX STI, with a report earlier this year claiming the rally-inspired model will have an output of 298kW/489Nm.
Best Car Web says the new generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ will be go on sale in Japan in March 2021; a leaked Toyota USA dealership presentation earlier this year detailed a mid-2021 release.
While Australian timing and pricing for the new Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ remain unclear, CarAdvice believes the models will also be in local showrooms in 2021.