New rumors suggest the joint venture between two Japanese carmakers Toyota and Subaru is coming to an end. If this is true, then the GT86 and BRZ may not have successors in the future, or the plan to build ones may be cancelled.
So according to automobile magazine Best Car, via Japanese Nostalgic Car, Subaru and Toyota could be quitting their collaboration to build together the GT86 and BRZ sports cars.
Apparently, this step is taken in order to divert sales flow towards the new four-cylinder Supra codenamed A90, which regrettably will be a Japan-only product. That’s right! The car won’t be sold in the US or anywhere outside its home market.
The new model replacing the Toyobaru twins will reportedly pack only 197 HP. Power wise, that is clearly a downgrade from the GT86 and BRZ, but we can’t complain too much since we’re talking about a budget sports car.
And North American buyers don’t need to wait for the A90, Toyota is reportedly preparing alternatives that would include three classic sports cars ready to make a comeback to the market. Those vehicles are none other than the Supra, the Celica, and the mid-engine MR2.
We all know that the four-cylinder Celica and the Supra are very much related, hence there’s a possibility that Toyota could just make the Celica a Supra with different skin. As for the MR2, it is a completely different machine, with a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive setup.
To make these rumors even more interesting, Subaru is said to be building a mid-engine sports car that may or may not be adopted by Toyota and slapped with the MR2 badge.
In a different scenario we would also like to imagine, the Toyota SF-R concept debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show could be reincarnated as the MR2, although the powerplant is in the wrong placement. And we almost forgot to say that the S-FR — if it really makes a return — could also be sold only in Japan due to its compact size.
A few years ago Toyota seemed so sure that a successor for the rear-wheel drive sports coupe was being developed. However, as a more affordable Supra goes on sale in countries outside the US, plans seem to have changed, which causes many to believe that the 86’s replacement has been put on hold.
The 86 itself is actually a balanced model, despite the fact that it has only gotten little improvements and not a serious power boost all through its near-decade long existence on the market. In addition, the car isn’t such a high-selling product that it would essentially worth the endeavor of the Japanese automaker building a new generation on its own, especially when there’s no assistance of another company like BMW or Subaru.