Toyota has stopped production of the first generation GT86 after nearly 7,500 units were sold in the UK over the past eight years. During its sales time, it received several awards – including our Performance Car of the Year Award in 2012 – and gained a loyal fan base through its appearance in computer games.
Toyota will soon replace the GT86 with a second-generation model based on a fresh rear-wheel drive platform. Its twin, the Subaru BRZ, has already hit the US market after the two companies agreed last year to continue their joint sports car project.
The second-generation Toyota GT86 specifications have yet to be officially confirmed, but since it will share the same platform as the new Subaru BRZ and the companies have reaffirmed their commitment to the joint project, we expect the new GT86 to receive the same Motor like its Japanese brother.
Power will likely come from a naturally aspirated, US-only twin, 2.4-liter boxer engine that produces 228 hp and 249 Nm of torque. That’s 31 hp and 44 Nm more power than the previous GT86, and buyers should be able to choose between a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
Although the car’s technical development appears to be complete, a Toyota spokesman told Auto Express that we will have to wait a while before the new GT86 makes it to the UK. This could be due to different emissions regulations between the US and Europe, with Toyota potentially revising the device’s emissions controls to make it EU-compliant.
The new GT86 is expected to look similar to the new BRZ as the cars share the same chassis. It follows a clear evolution of the old car’s design, sharing the same basic silhouette but with sharper features. There will be a more chiseled front section, narrower headlights, a redesigned rear bumper and fresh side sill openings behind the front wheels.
However, certain elements of the original car’s styling are copied to the new model. The double bubble roof will make a comeback and the rear diffuser will share the same central fog light and dual exhaust system.
Hidden beneath the GT86’s new body is a platform that is basically the same as the old car – albeit with a number of chassis tweaks to improve handling.
When the BRZ hit the market, Subaru said it added reinforcement plates to the car’s inner frame and used stronger joining techniques for its construction, resulting in a body about 50 percent stiffer than the old car’s. All of these improvements should also be carried over to the new Toyota.
The second-generation GT86 won’t be the only product to emerge from the Toyota and Subaru joint engineering venture, as the companies are currently developing a battery-electric, all-wheel drive SUV that will be branded with Volkswagen ID.4 and the Tesla Model Y.
The brands stated that these two business agreements will “further develop and strengthen” their long-term partnership. Toyota also increased its stake in Subaru by 3.17 percent, bringing its total stake in the brand to 20 percent.
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