Toyota to base next GT86 on the Mazda Miata?
As the old saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, and that’s just what Toyota might be planning to do with its next-generation GT86 sports coupe, better known as the Scion FR-S on these shores.
Citing unnamed inside sources, Car and Driver is claiming that Toyota is seriously considering basing its next-generation GT86 on the Mazda Miata. The Subaru BRZ, a kissing cousin to the GT86, would also shift to Mazda underpinnings for its next go-around.
“If Toyota were to employ the MX-5‘s chassis, it would be on the next-generation FT86,” the source said.
Although somewhat from left field, the rumor does at least appear to have merit on the surface. Mazda is already sharing the Miata’s platform with Fiat for the next-generation 124 Spider, so Mazda clearly isn’t shy about lending out its sports car tech. Moreover, Toyota and Mazda already have a partnership covering small cars. The Scion iA that is rolling into showrooms is essentially a Mazda2. Ditto for the upcoming Yaris.
That being said, we’ve heard plenty of rumors involving the GT86 that never materialized, so this one should be taken with a grain of salt. However, consider our interest piqued.