We had assumed that the Toyota 86 would continue ever since Subaru shot down the rumors that a second generation BRZ was canceled. At the time, only Subaru had confirmed that a next-gen was in development, but now a spokesperson at Toyota Europe has made it official. The 86 will live on as well.
Speaking to Autocar, Toyota Europe’s Mark Harrison confirmed that the 86 is not dead. Not only that, but Toyota sees it as “a successful ‘halo’ product for us.” Because the new Supra will have a four-cylinder in some markets, it was thought that that version might replace the 86.
“Supra is not to replace that car,” Harrison clarified. “They are for different audiences and are different products. We see a situation where they will sit alongside each other.” Furthermore, he states that it was “a safe assumption” that the next-gen would continue with a flat-four engine, meaning that it will be another co-production with Subaru.
An earlier report indicated that the cars might have a bigger engine based on the Subaru FA24 2.4-liter boxer. Ironically, that would mean that the 86 might have a larger engine than the four-cylinder Supra, though the latter’s 2.0-liter will be turbocharged. In any case, this is great news for those who want the experience of a traditional, lightweight, rear-wheel-drive Japanese sports coupe in a modern package. We’re glad to have official confirmation of this from both Subaru and Toyota now.