Toyota GT86 (and Subaru BRZ) facing ax, suggests report


A new report from the United States suggests that the Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ (which entered the scene in 2012) will not have a second generation.

According Japanese Nostalgic Car, who quotes an upcoming report from a Japanese magazine, the two sports cars are facing the ax.

Because? Well, the publication says the two automakers "deviated from their development policies."

As Japanese Nostalgic Car points out, however, that the new four-cylinder base version of the new generation A90 Supra is 145 kW, which is actually two units any less than the naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine of the GT86, which leads to speculation that this derivative will serve as the brand's basic sports car.

Another scenario is that Toyota could once again partner with Subaru after the latter reportedly started working on a new mid-engined vehicle. This, the report speculates, could form the basis of a revived MR2.

Meanwhile, Toyota chief Akio Toyoda suggested Bus a new sportsman might be on his way to the mark.

"SUVs are cool but, at the end of the day, is there anything better than a tight-fitting rear-wheel drive? I hope this is not the last Toyota sports car you'll see in the future, "said Toyoda, referring to the new Supra.

The Toyota GT86 line in South Africa currently comprises only a single derivative, priced at R593,100. BRZ, meanwhile, was withdrawn from the local market in September 2015.

Article written by Ryan Bubear

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