Toyota has confirmed plans for a second generation of the 197bhp rear-wheel-drive sports car; soft-top version of the current generation is unlikely
Julian Rendell
7 December 2016

Toyota has confirmed that the GT86 sports car will continue into a second generation, with a likely onsale date of 2018-2019.

“The GT86 is at the stage where it’s being decided on the next one,” Toyota Europe boss Karl Schlicht revealed. “Then a chief engineer will be assigned and away we go.”

The 197bhp rear-wheeldrive GT86 has carved out a niche as a fun driver’s car, but like most sports models, its strong early sales have subsequently subsided.

“The GT86 will carry on,” said Schlicht. “The car serves a big purpose. We are not getting out of that business. Sporty cars go through their phases. It’s our intention to continue with that car.”

Continued co-operation with Subaru also looks likely but is as yet unconfirmed.

“Will it be with Subaru?” said Schlicht. “I don’t know. But for the concept to carry on, with the low engine, we’d have to do that. There are a lot of reasons to continue with Subaru.”

A key engineering feature of the GT86 is its low-slung Subaru flat four engine, which keeps the centre of gravity low for better handling.

Schlicht also suggested that a soft-top version of the GT86 was unlikely. “We wouldn’t do it on the current model,” he said. “That doesn’t mean dealers wouldn’t like one, but there are so many other priorities that I don’t think we’ve got spare capacity for that.”

The new GT86 will sit below the reborn Supra in Toyota’s sports car line-up. The bigger coupé is currently in development with BMW, whose version will replace the Z4 roadster.

“That co-operation is going well,” said Schlicht. “It’s on track. It’s being done in Europe. Our version is a different car from BMW’s.” 

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7 December 2016
Heartening news from Toyota about the GT86 future fate.

Adding more power to the next-gen 86 may sully the original brief of lightweight, unadulterated driving fun. I think that is what the original GT86 R&D team wants.

To make the GT86 more business case friendly, create a sports saloon. At the least it may become an ideal replacement to the Corolla.

For people who yearn for more power, Toyota can consider appointing TRD, Gazoo Racing or even third party tuners such as Top Secret and HKS to satisfy their hunger for... power.

de_design2  l  Exclusively Bespoke®

7 December 2016
A 4 door version a-la CLA / 4 door BMW 2 series (if it happens) would expand production and might mean they could put a half-decent interior in it.

8 December 2016
gagaga wrote:

A 4 door version a-la CLA / 4 door BMW 2 series (if it happens) would expand production and might mean they could put a half-decent interior in it.

Really? Have you seen it in the flesh?

de_design2  l  Exclusively Bespoke®

7 December 2016
It's actually not that light, it's only around 20kg lighter than a 1.8 TT

 

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7 December 2016
I'm surprised and impressed that there will be another one given the slow sales rate of the existing model. The market for small relatively affordable sports coupes is small, so it's pleasing that Toyota is giving it another go. I can understand the reluctance to make a soft top version (the MX5 has that market sewn up), but it would be good to see more differentiation between Toyota and Subaru versions.

7 December 2016
It has always seemed odd to only offer one engine, in one state of tune. Surely the Subaru 2.5 would drop right in, and presumably could be tuned for 25% more power, and add torque too. This might answer some of the people who didnt buy as its slower than a hot hatch (ignoring the benefits of RWD etc)

7 December 2016
I live with a Subaru flat four and I don't think much of it, fairly unrefined and drinks a lot of oil. If you want a low centre of gravity lay a Toyota straight four on its side, or dry sump it.

7 December 2016
As it says on the tin, boycott japanese products until Japan stops illegal whaling. Simple as.

7 December 2016
centenary wrote:

As it says on the tin, boycott japanese products until Japan stops illegal whaling. Simple as.

What company made the device you wrote your post on?

 

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7 December 2016
As a BRZ owner it's good to hear that Toyota are going to build another generation of this excellent car. Many have suggested a roadster or turbo, but what I'd like is an estate,not as daft idea as you'd think because Subaru showed the Cross Sport three years ago in ToKyo,also Toyota Australia showed something similar last year,it'd be different quirky and maybe a spiritual successor to the much loved Reliant Scimitar GTE of forty years ago

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