Next-generation Toyota GT86 set for 2021 launch
The second-generation Toyota GT86 will make its debut next year, with an all-new platform and a rumoured 255bhp turbocharged engine
When it arrives, the new car will feature a fresh rear-wheel-drive platform and, according to the rumours, a new 255bhp turbocharged engine. A Subaru badged version will go on sale too, after the two companies agreed to continue their business agreement to develop sports cars together earlier this year.
Specifications for the engine are yet to be announced, but we expect it will be sourced from BMW’s parts bin. Toyota recently confirmed that two in-line four-cylinder versions of the GR Supra will be available for the Japanese market – the most potent of which will use the same 255bhp 2.0-litre engine found in the mid-range BMW Z4 sDrive30i.
Should the same engine be transferred into the new GT86 in the same state of tune, it’ll have a maximum torque figure of 400Nm – which is a 195Nm increase over the outgoing model. However, the engine isn’t currently available with a manual transmission in any of BMW’s vehicles so, unless Toyota and Subaru can develop one to suit, the next GT86 could be automatic-only.
The current Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ are both powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre boxer engine, which develops 197bhp and 205Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, providing a 0–62mph time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 140mph.
The GT86 remains on sale in the UK with a TRD variant available from £31,495. It's the first time a Toyota Racing Developments car has been sold officially in the UK and it comes with new alloy wheels, redesigned bumpers and a quad-exhaust system, but no performance upgrades.
Toyota and Subaru also recently agreed to co-develop a new all-wheel-drive battery-electric SUV, tasked with rivalling the likes of Volkswagen ID.4 and Tesla Model Y. The brands stated that both of these business arrangements will further “develop and strengthen” their long-term partnership. Toyota has also increased its stake in Subaru by 3.17 per cent, upping its overall ownership of the brand to 20 per cent.
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