Looks like there’s definitely going to be a successor to the Subaru BRZ after all. Earlier this week, we had a little hand in spreading to the English-speaking world the rumor that the next-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ had been axed. We were wrong, and that’s reason to rejoice.
The report that the Toyobaru twins would have no heir originated from Japan’s automotive tabloid Best Car. After the article spread like wildfire, Carscoops was able to receive confirmation from both Toyota and Subaru that the rumors were false.
They quoted Toyota spokesperson Nancy Hubbell as saying, “The 86 has been in the Toyota family since 2013 and the plan is that it will continue to be a part of Toyota’s sports car line-up.” Not that this statement didn’t definitively say there would be a next generation.
Subaru spokesperson Ron Kinno responded much more firmly. “We do not endorse this report coming from Japan’s Best Car… We are moving ahead with a next-generation Subaru BRZ, but have no further details at this time.”
So there you have it. The 86/BRZ will live on after all. Perhaps this older report from the Japan Times, which suspects a 2.4-liter boxer engine to be the powerplant, will prove accurate after all.
Regardless, sometimes it takes a completely false rumor to bring out the truth, and at least we now know. This is great news for fans of lightweight Japanese sports coupes. The 86 and BRZ are two of the last remaining holdouts in a world increasingly dominated by ill-handling crossovers.