The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata platform could spawn the next-generation Scion FR-S.
With the announcement of Mazda’s partnership with Toyota, Motoring reports that Toyota could turn to the new MX-5 Miata’s underpinnings for the successor of the Toyota GT86. The speculation follows rumors that Toyota has tested the MX-5’s chassis, which is also underpinning the upcoming Fiat 124 Spider.
Currently, Toyota is collaborating with BMW on a new sports car platform that is expected to form the basis for the Supra successor and next Z4.
It is believed that the next-generation GT86 will use a smaller, lighter rear-wheel drive platform and could be powered by a turbocharged gasoline engine. The big question is what will be the fate of the Subaru BRZ and whether Subaru will have the model live on. The first-generation GT86 was a collaboration with Subaru, but it appears that Toyota is looking towards other options for the successor of its rear-wheel drive sports car.
Although sales of the Scion FR-S has been slowing down in the U.S., Toyota has been adamant on building a next-generation model, a project that has been backed by president Akio Toyoda.