The next-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 will likely get a bigger engine taken straight from the Ascent, but there’s a catch.
See, the current Subaru Ascent is powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. For many enthusiasts, this powertrain is the answer to all of the BRZ’ and 86′ woes and lack of power. For all of their sporty and dynamic qualities, both two-seat coupes are generally considered to be lacking in the power department.
A turbocharged engine with 260 hp would certainly fix that right away. The only problem is that all signs are currently pointing to the next-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 getting the upgraded 2.4-litre, but without the turbocharger.
That would place the horsepower number somewhere in the 220 to 230 horsepower range according to Japanese publication Best Car. The current BRZ and 86 are powered by a naturally aspirated, 2.0-litre four-cylinder that develops 205 horsepower.
Nothing has been confirmed yet from either Subaru or Toyota. We know the BRZ and 86 will be back and will be built on a new platform, either Subaru’s Global Platform or Toyota’s TNGA, but that’s about it.
Subaru and Toyota have long been hesitant to answer enthusiasts and add more punch to their sporty two-seaters. The arrival of a new Supra may hurt chances of seeing a more powerful engine even more as we are sure Toyota wants to keep its options open on a four-cylinder Supra down the road.
What we are likely to see is a next-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ with 230 horsepower while the turbocharged engine will be reserved or an eventual entry-level Supra.
Source: Best Car