According to a report by japantimes.co.jp, the second generation of both models, reportedly due out in 2021, will drop the current 2.0-litre flat-four Boxer engine for a 2.4-litre mill, although it remains unknown whether the unit would continue to be normally aspirated or turbocharged.
If the latter option is given the green light, it could well be sourced from the North American Subaru Ascent, which develops 191 kW and 376 Nm, a big step-up from the 2.0-litre’s 147 kW and 205 Nm.
As well as the new engine, the GT86 / 86 and BRZ will feature a lower centre of gravity and a new range of driver assistance systems, which in the case of the latter will be Subaru’s EyeSight range of safety tech.
Open to speculation though is whether the GT86 / 86 will retain its name following Toyota’s filing of a trademark application in September last year for the Celica nameplate.
Months before at the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota Gazoo Racing Head, Tetsuya Tada, who is also lead engineer responsible for the revived Supra, stated that the automaker is pushing ahead in bringing back its "three brothers as soon as possible”, suggesting a possible revival of the long-dormant MR2 in joining the Supra and GT86 / 86.