You can now rest easy, Subaru BRZ fans. The Japanese sports car will live to see a second generation version after all. It wasn’t looking too good, especially after a recent conversation between Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and Drive indicated that the second-generation 86 could be a BMW -Toyota collaboration, leaving Subaru out in the cold .
But thank your lucky stars for Fuji Heavy Industries president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga. The head honcho of Subaru’s parent company has told Automotive News that the BRZ will live on, effectively debunking the previous report of the BRZ’s possible demise.
Yoshinaga told Automotive News that Toyota and Fuji Heavy Industries will be working on a successor to the current-generation BRZ . The Fuji chief was responding to the aforementioned Drive report that quoted Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.
"If I were to be told that, I’d pass out," Yoshinaga told Automotive News. "It’s not going to be just one generation."
Cue the collective sighs of relief from fans of the BRZ.
So it looks like Subaru will still be involved in the next generation model of the BRZ.
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Why It Matters
This is what’s interesting about the comments made by Yoshinaga and Tada to Automotive News and Drive, respectively. If there’s any truth to Tada’s comments, there could be a setup wherein Toyota will be working on the 86 and the BRZ separately, partnering with BMW with the former and Subaru with the latter.
That’s a interesting setup, to say the least. You might even make an argument that the second-generation models for the 86 and the BRZ will look different from one another, a distinct possibility if both brands want their respective models to stand out.
This is all conjecture on our part, but if you think about it, it’s actually an incredibly appealing setup for all parties involved.
Since making its debut in 2012, the Subaru BRZ has become a polarizing model for a lot of people. There’s a significant number of the population that swears by the BRZ and loves every one of its nooks and crannies. On the flip side, there’s also a group of people that have become frustrated with the lack of performance options for the sports coupe.
Whichever side of the fence you sit on, the BRZ is still an impressionable sports car, carrying the kind of sporty and aggressive look that comes at an affordable $25,000 price tag.
It’s come to a point where its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, boxer engine could be better. 200 horsepower is nice, but not nice enough to justify its looks. Some have ventured into the aftermarket world to get their needed power fix and it’s looking like that’s the most ideal route at this point.
The BRZ is still a good sports car for its price, but let’s face it, it can only be classified as such if it actually performs like one.