Subaru BRZ Production Ends In Japan, Is Toyota 86 To Follow?
The life of the Subaru BRZ appears to be coming to an end as the automaker’s page for the model in Japan now shows a message that the company is no longer taking orders for the sports coupe. Only the existing stock of resellers is available there.
Motor1.com contacted Subaru representatives in America to find out if the shutdown also applies to the United States. We are also contacting Toyota to find out if this decision affects the 86 as it comes from the same factory as the BRZ.
The retirement of the BRZ has been coming for some time. For example, Subaru debuted in the final edition as a farewell to the coupe in the German market in March 2020.
In September 2019, the two companies confirmed that they were working on a second generation BRZ and 86. There are no official details yet on the new coupes. Rumors suggest they could upgrade to the Toyota TGNA platform and use a variant of Subie’s 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine with over 255 horsepower (190 hp). Toyota engineer Tetsuya Tada says he wants the new 86 to be even better to drive than the Supra.
Alternatively, a report claims the vehicles would share a naturally aspirated version of the 2.4-liter engine producing around 217 hp (162 kW). It would still be an upgrade from the current 205 hp (152 kW), but not as much.
Look for new models that will debut in 2021. Don’t look to sell them in the United States until model year 2022.