More rumors of the next-generation Toyota GT86 have surfaced.
In addition to an earlier report that the next-generation Toyota GT86 will be built on the new Mazda MX-5 Miata platform, it is now rumored that Toyota will take advantage of a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an F1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for its powertrain. The engine will be good for around 188 hp and will mirror Mazda’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv engine configuration.
Readers should take these rumors with a grain of salt, since it seems more like a wish list item than something that could be crammed into a vehicle that still stickers in the mid-$20,000 range. If some of this does come to fruition, it most certainly means that the Subaru BRZ will be the odd vehicle out, especially if Toyota turns to using the MX-5 platform for the next-generation GT86, or Scion FR-S in North America. Recently, Subaru of America’s president and chief operating officer said that the BRZ needs “more performance,” and wouldn’t confirm whether a second-generation model is in the works with the Subaru nameplate.
Currently, it is speculated that the new GT86 will debut sometime in 2017 with production models not heading to dealerships until 2020.