Rumors of a Toyota MR2 revival have been swirling around for a while, but that’s nothing new. Separately and more recently, the grapevine’s been buzzing about a mid-engine Subaru. The latest reports from Japan say what’s so obvious and perfect that it jut might be true — Toyota and Subaru are working on a mid-engined sports car together.
Since 2013, ToMoCo head honcho Akio Toyoda and chief sports car engineer Tetsuya Tada has been talking about a “three sports car brothers” lineup within Toyota. When the S-FR concept was revealed in 2015, most pundits, including JNC, presumed it meant a smaller car slotting below the GT86 and a more powerful car like the upcoming Supra above it. But what if that smaller car was mid-engined?
Rumors of a mid-engined Subaru have been circulating since 2016, this year both the Three Brothers and the MR Subie theories got another round at about the same time. And as we reported in April, Toyota and Subaru have already begun working on the next-gen 2.4-liter BRZ/86 together.
What’s more, the car could be a hybrid, which would be a first in the affordable end of the sports market. Response claims it’ll be powered by a 1.6-liter boxer, found on the Japanese-market Crosstrek and Levorg, coupled with an electric motor for a total of 300 PS (296 hp). The report also says it will also sport a VIZIV concept-inspired front end and debut in 2020 or 2021. Time will tell whether the rumor amounts to anything.