Report: New Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86 Coming With Bigger Engine More Power
Subaru has been tight-lipped about the next-generation Subaru BRZ sports coupe, but sources close to Toyota have said the next-generation BRZ/86 is being developed now. Toyota sources told The Japan Times, the second-generation BRZ/86 sports coupe will come with a new 2.4-liter Boxer engine and have more power.
An unnamed Toyota source told the Japanese newspaper, the second-generation BRZ/86 two-door coupe will arrive sometime in 2021. Nothing has been confirmed by Subaru or Toyota, but the new 2.4-liter boxer engine could be sourced from the all-new Ascent 3-Row family hauler set to arrive with a 2.4L turbo boxer this summer. The new BRZ/86 will be built at Subaru’s Gunma factory in Japan and it’s assumed it will be powered by a Subaru-sourced Boxer engine like the first-generation model first launched in 2012.
Subaru sources have said the all-new twin-scroll turbocharged 2.4-liter could be used in other models in the future but declined to comment on which Subaru vehicles it would be used in. The new Ascent 2.4-liter Boxer engine uses a combination of direct fuel injection, high compression (10.6:1), Subaru Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS), a twin-scroll turbocharger and an intercooler to produce 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.
Toyota chief leaves a door open for a turbo model
Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada recently said at the Geneva Motor Show, a turbo BRZ/86 won’t happen with the current platform, but left the door open for the second-generation Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 coming around 2020. He says, “That means we have to come up with a completely new platform, so it’s not about just changing or slight modification in the engine parts.”
Subaru has confirmed BRZ will see a second-generation model along with its twin, Toyota 86 and it will likely come with the new Subaru Global Platform. This new architecture could bring big changes for the rear-drive sports car.
Look for the all-new Subaru BRZ to come with additional safety features, and it will likely come with the brand’s EyeSight driver assist system. The report does say the all-new second-generation 2020 BRZ/86 rear-drive coupe will come with improved performance. Will it get the Ascent twin-scroll turbocharged 2.4-liter Boxer powerplant? Stay tuned.
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