Next gen Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 to finally get the engine it's always needed
The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 are great cars. I know – I've driven them both. It was the first press car I ever received, and my friends have owned them. I have logged thousands of miles in one or both of the twins. However, what this car needed was never another handling package like Subaru/Toyota would always bring out each year or two. What it needed was more grunt.
I'm not saying it needed a twin-turbo V6 with 400hp. No. All it's ever needed was 250hp and 215lbft of torque. That's it. But neither Subaru nor Toyota would ever go past 205. Until now.
Rumor has it that the twins are getting the bigger, more power engine they've always deserved. Reports from basically every motoring website in existence are saying that the BRZ/86 is getting the 2.4l engine out of the Ascent. Now that's obviously more displacement than the 2.0l FA20 engine that it would be replacing so one might think that the larger engine could yield more power. However, many sources are also saying that it will be de-tuned from the 260hp in the Ascent to 217hp. That's a huge bummer – but all is not lost.
Given how quickly and efficiently the aftermarket community comes out with ingenious solutions to problems like this, I'm near certain someone will have one re-tuned back up to 260 with a quick software crack in a matter of weeks or months. Thus, the twins will have the 260hp that they have needed since day one.
This is all speculation now, but the reports are strong. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it finally comes to fruition.