The second-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 sports-car twins are inching closer to their reveals, and we now know when the former will go on sale.
CarsGuide understands the BRZ is currently scheduled to enter Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2021, with the 86 likely to be released locally around the same time.
That said, the jury is still out on when the BRZ and 86 will be revealed, with previous reports pointing to March or November next year, but given the Subaru’s targeted on-sale date in Australia, the former is far more likely at this stage.
Similarly, 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 anybody’s guess.
Last month, 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.