Next-Generation Toyota 86 To Be Unveiled On April 5?
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Next-Generation Toyota 86 To Be Unveiled On April 5?

The next-generation Toyota 86's launch might be happening much sooner. We have less than a month to wait if this is indeed the case.

Subaru and Toyota Gazoo Racing have just posted on their Japanese social media accounts and website that they will be unveiling a new “jointly-developed vehicle”. Considering that the two companies have co-developed the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, we have a strong feeling that the car in question will be the next-generation Toyota 86.

Rumors suggest that the next-generation Toyota 86 will be called the GR 86 because the primary developer of the upcoming sports car will be Toyota’s Gazoo Racing motorsports and high-performance division. The naming convention follows cars like the GR Yaris and GR Supra, with which the GR before the nameplate denotes that it’s a full-fledged GR performance car.

In the past, the development between the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ has always been in close collaboration, with Subaru providing the four-cylinder boxer engine and Toyota engineering the engine’s D-4S direct- and port-injection system. At the time, both Subaru and Toyota did not have a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform to work on, so the two companies also closely collaborated in the development of this new platform for the “Toyobaru” sports cars.

Fast forward to 2021, and we already have the all-new, second-generation Subaru BRZ, which means it’s safe to say that the upcoming Toyota 86 will look similar. While the platform isn’t entirely all-new, it does get significant and heavy revisions, most of which are derived from the highly stiff and rigid Subaru Global Platform which underpins the current XV, Forester, and upcoming Evoltis and Outback.

Answering the enthusiast’s clamor for more power, the all-new BRZ is powered by a new, bigger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine that produces 228 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Utilizing the FA24 code name, the engine features Toyota’s D-4S direct-injection technology. It’s also the same engine used in the Subaru Evoltis three-row SUV, albeit without the turbo. Power is, of course, sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. With the promise of offering pure driving fun, all Subaru BRZ models will be equipped as standard with a limited-slip differential.

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The upcoming Toyota 86 will also be powered by this same engine. However, according to Japanese automotive website Best Car, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda deliberately delayed the development of the 86 because he wanted the engineers to spend more time separating the 86’s driving dynamics from its Subaru brother. Specifically, he wants their 86 to be a bit faster than the BRZ, so the engineers are at work tuning its engine and gearing.

Back in September 2019, Subaru Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation announced that the two companies will further deepen their business relationships. This resulted in Toyota increasing its stake in Subaru from 16.83 percent to 20 percent. It was only on February 6, 2020, that Subaru Corporation has officially announced that they are now officially part of the Toyota Group.

The deal does not mean that Subaru is a fully-owned subsidiary of Toyota, though. What it means is that the two companies will have a deeper means of collaborating in developing new vehicles, and it includes the all-new 86 and BRZ.

With less than a month to wait, we’re definitely very excited to see if this is indeed the unveiling of the all-new 86. Stay tuned to Go Flat Out PH in order to stay updated regarding Toyota’s newly-developed RWD sports car.

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