Subaru has not only confirmed when the second-generation BRZ sports car will be revealed, but has also released the first official image of the new Toyota 86 twin.
The BRZ will make its big debut before the end of this year, with Subaru USA confirming on Twitter the world premiere will take place during the Northern Hemisphere’s Fall (Autumn).
With the reveal a matter of weeks away, no other information on the BRZ has been released at the time… aside from one partial – and mostly camouflaged – image of its side skirt, front guard and alloy wheel designs.
As reported, CarsGuide understands the BRZ will enter Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of next year, with the 86 likely to be revealed and go on sale around the same time.
The BRZ and 86 are expected to upgrade to a 2.4-litre boxer four-cylinder engine, with some rumours suggesting it’ll be naturally aspirated and produce 162kW and 240Nm, while others claim it will be turbocharged and develop even more power and torque.
For reference, the BRZ and 86’s current 2.0-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder engine – also sourced from Subaru – develops up to 152kW/212Nm, so outputs are likely to be up no matter what.
As with the first generation, the new BRZ and 86 are expected to be rear-wheel drive and will reportedly come with the option of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed torque-converter automatic.
While more recent reports suggested the new BRZ and 86 will use an updated version of their predecessors’ platform, previous rumours claimed Subaru’s SGP or Toyota’s TNGA architecture will be used instead, so what will underpin the pair is still anybody’s guess.
In August, a camouflaged 86 developmental mule was spied testing on public roads for the first time in Michigan, near Toyota’s North American research and development (R&D) centre, while Subaru announced the end of first-generation BRZ production in July.
For reference, the BRZ is currently priced from $35,270 to $43,190 plus on-road costs locally, while the 86 checks in between $32,180 and $39,680. Both models are expected to get more expensive when they enter their second generation.