New coupé will be developed in partnership with Subaru to sit beneath the new Supra
Julian Rendell
22 March 2019

Toyota has said that the GT86 coupé will be replaced with a new second-generation model developed in conjunction with Subaru

The new version of the four-cylinder lightweight four-seater will sit beneath the recently launched six-cylinder Supra two-seater in an expanded line-up of Toyota sports cars, which will also make use of the firm’s GR Sport brand. 

Following the launch of the Supra, there were reports that the GT86 may not be replaced. 

Confirming that Toyota intends to develop a new GT86, European marketing boss Matt Harrison said it has been “a successful ‘halo’ product for us”. He added: “Supra is not to replace that car. They are for different audiences and are different products. We see a situation where they will sit alongside each other.” 

The original GT86, launched in 2011, was co-developed with Subaru alongside the BRZ. It uses Subaru’s flat-four Boxer engine and transmission, and Harrison said it was “a safe assumption” that the next-generation model would retain those links. Toyota has used partnerships to help offset the high costs of developing relatively low-volume sports car models, with the Supra developed alongside the BMW Z4

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Toyota sees the GT86 and similar sports car models as powerful brand ambassadors, and company boss Akio Toyoda recently expressed a desire to build a full family of performance machines, in particular with its hot GR Sport line. 

Speaking about the GT86, Harrison added: “Its role is not one particularly about volume globally. It’s about adding excitement to the brand and emotional appeal. 

“The GT86 has definitely been successful for us in achieving that, particularly in markets like the UK.”

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22 March 2019

Haven't a clue about the rest of the world but here in the UK I think I've seen a coupe of GT86's on our roads since it's launch. Which is weird because ever since I was a kid back in 1972, I remember the Celica as always being popular with UK. If Toyota can bring back Corolla, then why not rename GT86 Celica?

22 March 2019
scotty5 wrote:

Haven't a clue about the rest of the world but here in the UK I think I've seen a coupe of GT86's on our roads since it's launch. Which is weird because ever since I was a kid back in 1972, I remember the Celica as always being popular with UK. If Toyota can bring back Corolla, then why not rename GT86 Celica?

I'm sure I remember reading somewhere that the range of sports cars would likely include a celica. 

22 March 2019

Put a Turbo in it and give it a modern interior rather than one from 80's

22 March 2019

All credit to Toyota for continuing with the GT86. It must surely be only remaining relatively affordable, relatively light, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe from a volume manufacturer. It's just a pity that so few are sold with today's "enthusiasts" seemingly to prefer hot hatchbacks and sporty SUVs.

 Maybe with the new partnership, the new model should be sold as a Suzuki!  

22 March 2019

That's great news.

22 March 2019

Some extra hp would be great for an sports car that can easily cope.

22 March 2019

I am pleased to hear its not going to disapear. But for me, along with more power, i would drop the back seats, and make it smaller still. 

22 March 2019
Makes me happy.

22 March 2019

I owned a BRZ for a couple of years and whil it's the most wonderful car to drive it's certainly not that practical, I wouldn't waste resouces on  putting a turbo engine in it or giving it a more "premium" interior,I'd personally make it a hatchback with wiper as in the rain rear vision is awful. Consider maybe a convertible version from the outset with the rear seats removed. or maybe to give the BRZ some distinction an all wheel drive version with perhaps an estate style body rather like an updated Scimitar GTE.

22 March 2019
ianp55 wrote:

I owned a BRZ for a couple of years and whil it's the most wonderful car to drive it's certainly not that practical, I wouldn't waste resouces on  putting a turbo engine in it or giving it a more "premium" interior,I'd personally make it a hatchback with wiper as in the rain rear vision is awful. Consider maybe a convertible version from the outset with the rear seats removed. or maybe to give the BRZ some distinction an all wheel drive version with perhaps an estate style body rather like an updated Scimitar GTE.

 

I too had a BRZ. Your wish for a convertible/all wheel drive/hatchback/estate sound like you were looking for something other than a coupe.

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