Rumor: Next Toyota GR86 Could Get GR Corolla's Three-Cylinder Powertrain
The Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 recently got makeovers that finally gave them more power and the spirited driving dynamics they needed. New rumors point to the Toyota half of the duo getting even more power in the future via the GR Corolla’s turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder.
The reports come from a couple of Japanese outlets, Mag-X and Best Car, and were summarized by Autoblog. Some details in the reports conflict with each other, but the general idea is that Toyota is taking over the development of the GR86 from Subaru and will replace the automaker’s flat-four engine with its turbo-three. Since Subaru’s unlikely to adopt a non-boxer engine, there’s a chance the BRZ could fade away if the transition happens, as rumored.
It's important to note that we’re likely talking about a next-generation car here. The GR86’s underpinnings can’t accommodate the three-cylinder powertrain in its current form, so some have speculated that Toyota would move to a version of the Lexus IS platform.
In terms of timeframe, the report from Mag-X states that we’ll see the new car in 2028, though Best Car feels it’ll come much sooner in 2025. It’s an exciting prospect to think about, as the GR Corolla’s rowdy three-cylinder engine would completely transform the GR86. The only shame here would be losing the Subaru BRZ in translation, as the automotive world needs all the two-door, rear-drive action it can get.
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