In 2012, Toyota and Subaru introduced an affordable sports car that changed the automotive landscape. The Toyota 86 and its Subaru BRZ twin proved that one need not shell out a silly sum of money just to have a sports car—and a fun one at that.
Six years on and while the 86/BRZ doesn’t exactly sell in huge numbers, it has a loyal and passionate following. And the two Japanese carmakers hope to follow up on this and even expand it into the second generation.
In a report by The Japan Times, Toyota and Subaru are reportedly working on the second-generation 86/BRZ which they hope to bring to market around 2021. The car is said to boast a lower center of gravity for even better handling. Moreover, the engine would most likely increase in size to 2.4-liters, up from the current 2.0-liter displacement. Plus, it could come with the latest Subaru EyeSight and Toyota Safety Sense suite of tech for safer and less stressful driving.
While no other details were revealed as of press time, Toyota and Subaru did say that the improvements to the sports car are being done to try and attract more customers. As mentioned above, the cars have been selling to passionate individuals who can see what this coupe is all about. Sure, it doesn’t throw power in your face. Yet its razor-sharp handling mixed with a fairly comfortable ride make it perfect for both the daily grind and is likewise a worthy weekend warrior.
While 2021 maay still be a good three years away, it would be interesting to see what the new Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ will look like, as well as how well it promises to be behind the tiller. In the meantime, the current-gen model is still a solid choice when looking for that affordable sporty two-door.