"The GT86 will carry on", said Schlicht. Sporty cars go through their phases.
Toyota has confirmed that a second generation of its rear wheel drive 86 coupe could appear as early as 2018, with Toyota's European boss, Karl Schlicht telling Britain's Autocar that "the GT86 will carry on". It's our intention to continue with that auto.
Toyota will have at least one sports vehicle in its lineup for the foreseeable future.
When asked about Supra, Schlicht said the "co-operation [with BMW] is going well" and that the replacement for the coupe, that was last on sale back in 2002, was "on track".
Sales of the 86 have been flagging in Australia, prompting Toyota to invest in a local one-make race series that drew attention to its sportiest vehicle. Right now, he revealed, the second-generation "is at the stage where it's been decided on".
Toyota, however, didn't confirm whether it will be a collaboration with Subaru again, which markets the vehicle as the BRZ. Besides that, Toyota favors the boxer engine's low center of gravity as it contributes to the all important cornerning stability that has been present in the FRS/86/BRZ since its introduction. "There are a lot of reasons to continue with Subaru". "Then a chief engineer will be assigned and away we go". Both Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ hit the market almost five years ago - a joint venture.