Toyota’s partnership with BMW for developing a new hybrid sports car is going so well and the Japanese are so infatuated with the Germans, they are apparently going to end their relationship with Subaru. That means Subaru BRZ may get dropped after the current generation arrives at the end of its life cycle.
The BRZ/GT86 deal has not been in Suabru’s favor from the beginning anyway. They have been banned from entering specific markets so that Toyota can dominate it. Subaru BRZ was produced in smaller volume than its siblings, Toyota GT86 and Scion FR-S, as well, but they were fairly successful shifting their cars.
Without Toyota’s support Subaru simply cannot afford to invest in developing a whole new generation of the BRZ and will be forced to drop it. That means the next GT86 may get left without an engine, but don’t worry. Toyota is not just working on a high-end hybrid with BMW, they are also developing a new affordable sports car together.
In the meantime, Toyota is reportedly preparing a faster, more powerful version of the GT86/FR-S to launch in 2015. The long-rumored car will get a tweaked version of the existing 2.0 liter Boxer engine, but it is not clear yet whether it will get a turbo or some other trickery.