This is sad news for car- and driving-lovers. The Subaru/Toyota team created one of the most focused driving machines in the last decade, and it will be missed.
But this might also signify the coming of something else! As they say: “the Toyota 86 (or Subaru BRZ) is dead! Long live the MR2!” We think that’s how it goes. At least, that’s how we see it.
As much as we’d love to report back that Toyota plans on filling showrooms with the new 2020 Supra, the 86 and an MR2, that is unless they make their dealers double their floor space, we doubt it will happen. The RAV4, Camry and Corolla are simply too important, and consequently, are in large part to thank for the aforementioned sports cars’ existence.
Having said that, Toyota continues to say that they are committed to building exciting vehicles. In this case, the question is whether or not the new car buying market can justify and support these three cars. If it does happen, it won’t last very long in our opinion.
Toyota must now shift its focus on the new Supra. If their recent Reddit AMA on the car is any indication, they’ll need to do more hence why the 86 will likely need to die. As for the Subaru BRZ, it seems as though it might soldier on for a longer while. Subaru builds both the 86 and BRZ so they have direct control on the car.
Another factor that supports the possible “death” of the 86 is that the Supra will in fact be offered with a 4-cylinder option in Asian markets – both cars could then be in direct competition with each other. On that topic, the MR2, should it remain true to the original, would be a mid-rear engine car.
So, if you were in the market for an appreciating future classic car, grab yourself a Scion FR-S, Toyota 86 and eventually a Subaru BRZ and keep it in a safe place for a few decades.