Rumours: Third-gen Toyota GR86 to swap boxer engine for a 330 PS turbo 3-pot hybrid unit?
CY Foong · Oct 31, 2023 11:50 AM
The first Toyobaru twin, the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ are probably the best sports cars for beginners. While it has only been 2 years since the second generation was introduced, Toyota is rumoured to have already started development of the next generation but without the help of Subaru.
Japanese automotive publication, Best Car Web reported that the next generation of the GR86 could be utilising the turbocharged 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine as seen in the GR Corolla and GR Yaris. While the two hot hatches are four-wheel drive (4WD), the Japanese publication mentioned that the next-gen GR86 would retain the rear-wheel drive (RWD) layout.
What’s especially interesting about this latest rumour is not just the removal of the flat four boxer engine but that the next GR86 could be a hybrid powertrain. The addition of an electric motor could see the power boosted from 304 PS on the GR Corolla to between 320-330 PS. That's a significant boost from the existing GR86's 237 PS from the naturally aspirated 2.4-litre FA24 unit.
Best Car Web also reported that the next-gen GR86 could be developed by Toyota independently with the platform being adopted from the Lexus IS albeit in a shorter wheelbase.
Could this mean that the current BRZ might be the last generation? Well, it’s still very early to say at the moment but the GR86/BRZ is essentially a Subaru product rather than a Toyota for two generations. Toyota being in charge of development does not necessarily mean it’s the end for the Subaru BRZ and it is still too early to speculate based on these rumours.