Toyota 86 copy
Mazda and Toyota have formed a nice little partnership. Scion got the new iA sedan off the underpinnings of the Mazda 2, and in return, Mazda will get access to some of Toyota’s hybrid technology. Both companies win.
If you’re a fan of all things sporty, though, there’s some new reports that should really be of interest to you. According to Motoring.com.au — a consistently unreliable source, mind you — Toyota and Mazda are working together to create a new GT 86 based off the MX-5.
The idea would be that Mazda — with its iconic MX-5 — would use it to underpin a next-generation Toyota GT 86. The frame would be lighter, the engine would probably be turbocharged, and the final product would likely have enthusiasts from both Mazda and Toyota forking over cash hand over fist. If it were real.
The thing is, this will never happen; for a few reasons. The first of which being the already ongoing partnership between Toyota and BMW in pursuit of a new sports car. It’ll likely be smaller than the GT 86, and be very Miata-esque in nature.
The second being that Mazda has already signed an agreement with Alfa Romeo to use the new MX-5 to underpin the upcoming Alfa Romeo Spider. We understand the MX-5 is good, but it’s unlikely that they want a second manufacturer gaining access to the iconic sports cars DNA.
It’s all very questionable, at best. And if Toyota did for some reason go ahead in a plan with Mazda, we don’t think Subaru would be too happy about it. It definitely gets you wondering of what could be, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.