More Next-Generation 2021 Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86 Details Surface
Torque News reported on the next-generation 2021 Subaru WRX STI recently, and now from Japan’s Best Car magazine, there is more spy work on what’s ahead for the next-generation 2021 Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 that are expected to bring previews at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.
Best Car says the next-generation Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 will move to a new platform that we are speculating will be a new version of Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) underpinning the sport coupes. A report from WardsAuto says Toyota is launching a new small-car GA-B platform for use in future products for global markets.
2020 Subaru BRZ
According to Toyota, the new GA-B platform will have a more rigid architecture allowing the Japanese automaker to use a MacPherson-strut front suspension featuring low-friction dampers and can accommodate various spring types. The new GA-B platform can use either a torsion beam or multi-link rear suspension system that the BRZ/86 will use.
The GA-B platform also places the driver’s seat low and back toward the center of the car, helping lower the vehicle’s center of gravity, and could improve driving dynamics even more than the current-generation sport coupe. Toyota also says the steering wheel can be placed closer to the driver and at the best angle for engagement.
Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 driving dynamics
The new Toyota GA-B platform will allow the BRZ/86’s hard points of the upper body and the driver’s hip-point to be set low, making it ideal for the sport coupe’s low roof height and wider stance. Toyota says wheels are positioned out as far as possible at the corners of the platform and its short overhangs. This should add to the visual appeal of the newly-remodeled BRZ/86.
More spy work
Best Car magazine goes on to say the next-generation BRZ/86 will get a new engine that will replace the current 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Subaru Boxer. The report says new powerplant will be the Ascent-sourced FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged engine. Subaru will likely reduce the 260 horsepower power output of the 2.4-liter in the new sports twins' engine to 217 horsepower, a 12 horsepower increase over the current models and they will also increase torque over the BRZ/86’s present 156 lb-ft.
Last April, Toyota sources told The Japan Times the next-gen BRZ/86 sports coupe will also come with the new FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine sourced from the Subaru Ascent family hauler.
Of course, none of this has been confirmed by Subaru or Toyota. Look for the all-new next-generation 2021 Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 to show up next month at the Tokyo Motor Show as a concept vehicle before they make their global reveal sometime next year. Stay tuned.
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