We have heard that the Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ could both become hybridized twins by 2020.
The vehicles in question are the compact 2+2 coupes that come with rear-wheel drive and while they don’t offer up massive levels of power they are catered towards lovers of sporty driving.
Both the Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ have been heavily criticised for a lack of power and the carmakers could perhaps have offered them up with the same price but with a lot more horses.
The most popular roadster is the Mazda MX-5 Miata and this has less power, so the GT86 and the BRZ could both be sporty vehicles without offering huge power. Both of the vehicles are going to be given updated replacements and these will come before 2020. For the time being the twins have been given a facelift and this brought with it minor refinements along with more technology.
There are rumours going around that we will see a hybrid drivetrain on the successor to the Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ. A mild-hybrid setup could help them both to keep down the weight.
Toyota has relied heavily on next gen batteries and this may lead to a full hybrid on the GT86 in 2020. The partners said they want to continue with the boxer engine from Subaru, alongside the direct injection system of Toyota, the displacement could be reduced so as to make space for the hybrid.
It really doesn’t matter about the configuration as we are going to see improvements in the acceleration and performance and this will stop the critics in their tracks. However, what we are not expecting on the Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ is a big hike up in torque or power.