Toyota Confirms Second-Gen GT 86 Will Launch In 2019

Toyota’s return to the sports coupe segment with the GT 86 has been a successful one, and the company is already planning its successor.

Karl Schlicht, the automaker’s European division boss, told Autocar that the second-generation is most definitely a go, probably for a late 2018 or, most likely, 2019 launch.

“The GT86 will carry on”, Schlicht said. “The car serves a big purpose. We are not getting out of that business. Sporty cars go through their phases. It’s our intention to continue with that car.” Right now, he revealed, the second-generation “is at the stage where it’s been decided on. Then a chief engineer will be assigned and away we go”.

The current coupe was co-developed with Subaru, which markets it under the BRZ moniker. Schlicht was non-committal on whether the next GT 86, or plain 86 as it is named in some markets, will also be a joint effort.

“Will it be with Subaru? I don’t know. But for the concept to carry on, with the low engine, we’d have to do that. There are a lot of reasons to continue with Subaru.”

The boxer engine was key to the GT 86 achieving a low center of gravity that benefitted its driving dynamics, and with Mazda, which Toyota is said to have considered before teaming up with Subaru, declaring the rotary dead and buried, rekindling the Subaru partnership seems like the logical thing to do.

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  • Six_Tymes

    great news! and please keep ties with Subaru, that low center of gravity driving dynamics is key to Fun.

  • KidRed

    meh. It’s past it’s prime already, another 2 years will make it irrelevant.

    The new frontend looks like an angry old man who forgot his dentures.

  • SgtBeavis

    This is a great and under appreciated car. It’s one of the few products I really like from Toyota (even though it’s a Suby). If they do create a 2nd gen car, I hope they differentiate it more from the BRZ. It also needs a higher performance variant. These cars are damn fun to drift, but I’d like to also go fast every once in a while.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      I guess that depends on what the next car’s brief is.

  • Aquaflex

    It will be turbo this time, I just know it!

  • adam berry

    I had one of these cars back in 2013 and I loved it. It was great at the track and fun in the twisties. I tried so hard to say it didnt need more power, I really did. I loved the balance but for gods sake, PLEASE GIVE THIS MORE POWER!!!! 151 tq is not cool. My wifes Jetta 1.4T has 184 tq! and its faster. Unfortunately I dont have faith that Toyota/Subaru will bring this car with anything but an Atkinson cycle sub 200ftlbs engine. Just give us a god damn V6 already, you can use the Camry one…. and Im done ranting.

    • DanielAalien

      What’s a tq?

      • adam berry

        Short term for torque

        • DanielAalien

          Yeah, but torque is the word for force * distance/length. It’s a description, not a unit.
          151 tq makes no sense. Are we talking foot-pounds, newton-meters or what?

          • adam berry

            You know I’m talking about American foot pounds,

          • DanielAalien

            As a mechanical engineer who lives and works in Europe, no I don’t, intuitively.

          • adam berry

            And as a car salesmen in Canada I should know both. They don’t engrain nm as a measurement of torque. I should use kilowatts and newton’s because we use the metric system in Canada. We are poisoned by the USA to use thier metrics lol.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Can’t wait.

    It’s going to be ugly, isn’t it?