Can you feel the excitement?

Rumors and bits of info on the upcoming new 2021 Toyota 86 have been travelling around the internet for quite some time and have been intensively covered here on TopSpeed as well.

However, a recent leak reaffirms the fact that the 86 nameplate is making a comeback, albeit as part of a new naming scheme.

A new-generation Toyota 86 is basically imminent

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We’ve reported a lot on the new Toyota 86 and its twin, the next-gen Subaru BRZ. Toyota and Subaru are teaming up once again to deliver their affordable sports car, but it will sit on the former’s TNGA platform for one significant reasons:

Subaru’s underpinnings don’t lend themselves to a rear-wheel-drive configuration.

What’s more, the TNGA offers more customization options and better driving dynamics overall.

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According to Instagram account AllCarNews cited by U.K.’s Autocar, the new Toyota 86 will pack a 252-horsepower turbocharged gasoline mill. The sports car is also en route to receiving a new name: GR86, where GR comes from Gazoo Racing, of course.

Coming back to the engine, it is likely going to be provided by Subaru, and Autocar believes the best candidate at this point is the 2.4-liter intercooled and turbocharged unit that motivates the U.S.-sold Subaru Ascent.

Inside the Ascent, the unit churns out 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 277 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm, but it’s mated to a CVT, which would defy the purpose of a sports car in the first place. We definitely expect a six-speed manual that would tickle the fancy for many purists.

For the sake of the argument, the 2020 Toyota 86 currently on sale in the US of A uses a 2.0-liter, horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine good for 205 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 156 pound-feet of twist at 6,400-6,600 rpm. The powerplant mates to a short-throw six-speed manual gearbox.

2019 Toyota 86 specifications
Engine: 2.0-liter, four-cylinder
Horsepower: 205 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Torque: 156 LB-FT @ 6,400-6,600 RPM
Transmission: Six-speed Automatic or Manual
0-60 mph: 6.4 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph
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With that in mind, the overall increase in power is likely to enforce a quicker 0-60 mph sprint but also a higher top speed. Sure, the 86 was never about out-and-out performance bu rather balance and well-rounded driving dynamics, yet it doesn’t hurt to know your GR86 won’t make a fool of itself on the Autobahn, right?

Performance aside, we expect a plusher interior, with softer materials, maybe a tad of Alcantara and aluminum trim, if not carbon fiber. Don’t hold your breath on the latter, though.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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