The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are sports cars in a landscape dominated by crossovers. But next-gen versions are currently in the works — and could ride on a Toyota platform. That would be a big change from the current agreement between the two automakers, as today’s Toyota 86 is a Subaru in everything but name.
The news comes to us via our friends at Australia’s CarSales, who quoted an unnamed Subaru source as saying the reason for the switch is to maintain one of the sporty coupe’s biggest attributes: rear-wheel drive. Apparently, Subaru wants its next generation platform to be optimized for all-wheel drive vehicles, which would leave the BRZ out in the cold.
So the solution that’s been posed is moving the twins to Toyota’s TNGA architecture, which means it would share DNA with the Prius, C-HR, Camry and Highlander. While there would be weight-savings by embracing the new platform, we’re also holding out for a little more poke, as the current model has been packing just 200 horsepower since it debuted in 2011. That said, while it’s not teeming with power, the 86 remains a blast to drive. Here’s what AutoNation Drive’s own Derek Shiekhi had to say about his time with a red example earlier this year:
Whether I turned the steering wheel one degree or 90, it always seemed to immediately find the perfect groove and allow me to go down the road as if I were on rails. Even when I took a mild curve, I could feel the 86’s weight shifting. In those moments, I was connected to the car in a way that I’ll never forget.
As we’re big fans of small sports cars, we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for any news about the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, so stay tuned. And if you’re looking to put one of the current models in your garage, head to your local AutoNation dealer. One test drive is all it’ll take for you to fall in love with this sporty little machine!