Toyota’s GT 86 and Subaru’s BRZ sport coupes were supposed to be sporty cars that were built for the masses, but a new report says the new cars might squeeze the wallet a bit more than originally thought.
We say “might” because the BRZ and GT 86’s prices haven’t been officially announced. Autocar is reporting, however, that they’ve learned that the GT 86 will cost less than 28,000 British pounds, which equates to about $43,000 in today’s exchange rates. It reports that the final British price will be roughly £25,000, or about $39,000.
If the GT 86, likely badged the Scion FR-S, does cost $39,000, it’ll greatly exceed the price of its competitors. Keep in mind that the base Subaru Impreza WRX STI costs about $34,000, and a base Mazda MX-5 Miata costs $23,190, while a Volkswagen GTI costs $23,695 in base guise, and a Mazdaspeed 3 costs $24,000 from stock.
If there’s a glimmer of hope for cheap performance fans, it’s that the British/American currency conversion rate tends to skew prices quite a lot. That WRX STI will cost a whopping $52,223 in British dealers, while the MX-5 will cost $30,868, the GTI will cost $39,500, and the Mazdaspeed 3--badged as the Mazda 3 MPS--will cost $36,190 at current exchange rates.
What does all of this math mean? Well, using Toyota’s competitors as a barometer, it wouldn’t seem out of character for a GT 86 to cost less than 30 grand--perhaps hitting the magic $25,000 mark--when it goes on sale in the United States.
We won’t know if these predictions are correct for some time, so before then, feel free to let us know what you think of the affordable super coupe in the comments below.