The next generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ will continue to use the rear wheel drive, but will not be built on the Subaru platform. The news was published by the Australia Motoring page. BRZ and 86 are currently built on the much modified Impreza platform. An anonymous source in Subaru explained to Australia Motoring, that unlike the platform, SGP (Subaru Global Platform) cannot be modified to make a rear-wheel drive car. All wheel drive has not even been considered for the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86.
Laman Motor1 reports, this means that the next generation of twins will maintain their current platform or migrate to the TNGA Toyota architecture. At present, the TNGA platform supports cars such as Corolla, Camry and RAV4.Believe it or not, this platform will really save weight compared to today’s cars. In addition, torsional rigidity will also increase – both of which are good things for sports cars. The best of all, the BRZ and 86 will still be the rear wheel drive.
Since the car’s launch back in 2011, much has changed on the Toyota equation. While their variants were initially launched in the US as Scion FR-S, the car was later labeled as Toyota as it was around the world when the Scion brand was removed.
In addition, Toyota also created the Gazoo Racing Division which has undoubtedly provided much input into the development of second generation cars. In fact, Motoring seems to think that the concept of the 2017 GR sports offers the next generation BRZ preview and 86.If that’s the case, fans can look forward to cars that are the same size in dimensions but lighter than the current generation of vehicles. In addition, they will get a removable Supra MKIV targa roof panel, but with increased torsional stiffness. The hope is to eliminate the endemic shocks that are feared in open-topped cars.