The Toyota 86 has long been known for being a naturally-aspirated coupe with power going to the rear wheels. It came to the market at the start of the decade, and now, about 10 years into its product life, Toyota is looking to update it with something the aftermarket has been doing for quite some time now.
For many, the 86 handles exceptionally well in the bends, but acceleration is not the greatest. Car enthusiasts have long been clamoring for a turbocharged version of the coupe. Countless aftermarket tuning companies have even come up with full turbo or supercharger kits for the model to satiate the owners’ lust for power and torque. For the 2021 model, however, Toyota and subsequently, Subaru is finally giving the people what they want – allegedly.
A post details Toyota’s plan for a next-generation lineup of cars. The account, @allcarnews on Instagram, snapped a photo of the future lineup for both Toyota and Lexus. There will also be an all-new crossover coming in the third quarter of 2020.
The new 86 meanwhile, will no longer be called the GT86, instead and in line with the new GR Supra, the new coupe will be called the GR86. This vehicle will be set to launch in the summer of 2021, or about July of that year.
As for specifications, it is rumored that the GR 86 will pack 255 hp, and the 2.4-liter engine from the Subaru Ascent will be used. In the midsize crossover, its turbocharged boxer engine makes 260 hp and 376 Nm of torque, making it capable of pulling its weight. With a powerplant like that in a lower and lighter package, the GT 86’s old 0-100 times of about 8 seconds will get decimated once this new model comes in.
There is no word yet as to the pricing. Considering the current 86 can still be had for around P2,000,000, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that the new model, once in the Philippines will go way over the two million mark since its engine will near the power of the Ford Mustang EcoBoost, and other coupes in its class.