The origin of the 86 name for the current coupe is actually as a homage to the AE86 Corolla coupes of the 1980s that arguably spanned the drifting craze in Japan. The 86mm bore x 86mm stroke of the 2-liter flat four is either a handy coincidence or a deliberate decision that further plays into the "86" heritage. As the 86/BRZ 2-liter FA20 flat four grew into the 2.4-liter FA24 (currently in Subaru Ascent, Legacy and Outback) its bore grew to 94mm while the stroke remained at 86mm. And the exhaust will surely remain at 86mm as well.I've been thinking... We currently know from Toyota own words that it's called 86 because currently bore, stroke and exhaust sizing are all 86mm. Then, if we keep reading a new 2.4L is coming, it will know longer have 86mm for bore and stroke, then, what can we say about GR86 trademark?
Maybe, it's just a GR variant of the current Toyota 86:
I'm not saying a 2nd "86" isn't coming because we have some degree of confirmation from Toyota and Subaru officials, but we may be hyping a bit too much over the GR86 trademark...
14stu said:So, I'm an instructor at our local track and the track manager is a friend of mine. He told me that Toyota (this is the closest track to their US headquarters) is doing some marketing type stuff at the track in the very near future and that he knows the test driver for the next 86 (he's friends with Randy Pobst, and was a test/development driver for Cadillac back when they were doing the first CTS V).
Toyota is hosting a tech tour at the track on Saturday (it's for the Supra though) and I plan on trying to find out if they have any info on the new 86. My friend couldn't outright tell me anything, but with a wink and a nod he let me know that the new 86 will be at the track doing a photo/video shoot in the next couple of weeks (could have happened as early as this week). I didn't press him for too much info since he was giving me as much as he was allowed to without violating any NDA's.
I've got a few member day passes, I'll let him know that I want to use one on the day Toyota will be there (or just find out more details). He made it sound like the car is pretty much ready to be announced/unveiled and they are just waiting for the proper timing. It seems too late for a 2021, but I would be surprised if the new 86 isn't a 2022 model.