Fans had a scare when reports came out the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 could be axed by the two Japanese automakers. But we can put it to rest because Subaru and Toyota have both confirmed the rear-drive sports coupes will see a next-generation model coming soon.
According to a report from Carscoops, both Subaru and Toyota representatives said the twins aren’t going anywhere. The report says, “After we talked to Toyota yesterday about whether the 86 was going to be axed, and receiving an immediate reply that this is totally false, we thought we ought to chat with Subaru, too, and find out their plans about the BRZ.”
Carscoops went on to say, “Subaru USA spokesman Ron Kiino’s response was swift and leaves no room for interpretation: “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, Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 fans who are looking to buy a second-generation sports coupe will be seeing one arrive sometime in the next year. The remodel will come sometime in 2020 and it will be the next-to-last Subaru model to get the new Subaru Global Platform. Will fans get a turbo added to the 2.0-liter boxer engine in the sports coupe? Don't bet against it.
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