After eight long and successful years, the Subaru BRZ (and Toyota 86) are finally coming to the end of production... but the next generation is around the corner.
With every passing month, news and rumours of the upcoming Subaru BRZ replacement help us to build a better picture of what we could be seeing for the second generation model – which will replace not only the current Subaru BRZ, but the Toyota 86 as well. Perhaps the most solid piece of news that we’ve seen is that Subaru has decided to stop taking orders for their 2+2 front engine, rear-wheel drive coupe.
What this means is that the next generation model is hot on its heels, and you can expect the usual procession of teasers, launches, and order taking to begin soon. The new BRZ and 86 will mark the completion of one generation under Toyota’s performance car renaissance, and hopefully, that won’t mark the end of it either. Since the launch of the BRZ and 86, Toyota has produced the Yaris GRMN, the Supra, and even a WRC homologation variant of the Yaris that’s all-wheel drive and turbocharged.
The current rumours are that the succeeding pair of coupes will come with a turbocharged 2.4-litre flat-four boxer engine that currently powers larger Subaru models in other markets, with an output of 260 hp and a lot more torque. We’re not sure if Toyota will completely agree with this direction as they have been staunch on maintaining balance and ease of driving, but they may take a chance with this second coming of the BRZ and 86.
Whatever it eventually comes to be, we’re sure that the result will still be an excellent driver’s car with lots of headroom for modification and tuning which will allow owners to create a car that truly suits them – whether it’s a direction driven purely by aesthetics, or for the pursuit of oversteer and drifting, or something designed for all-out speed. We can hardly wait...