The 2016 Mazda Miata spared no effort when it came to trying to re-birth the lithe, holistic philosophy of the original first-generation car. The age-old doctrine of “less is more,” pioneered in part by Lotus Cars in the form of the Elan roadster, was reappropriated and used to great effect by Japan’s premiere lightweight roadster.
Now, the 2016 Mazda Miata’s new platform will underpin a modern-day Fiat 124 roadster, but the implementation of its bones likely won’t stop there; according to Car and Driver, a source close to Toyota has said that the Japanese automaker is eyeing the new Mazda Miata as the base for the successor to the FT86 – better known as the Scion FR-S. That necessarily means that a future Subaru BRZ would also be built on a Mazda Miata base.
This unnamed source told Car and Driver: “If Toyota were to employ the MX-5’s chassis, it would be on the next-generation FT86.” Toyota has already stated that a successor to the FR-S will be made.
The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are still relatively young, having been introduced as recently as 2012. As such, it would be prudent not to hold your breath for their replacement in the short-term. But when the first-generation FT86 finally does cease to be, we may have two Mazda Miata-based models to look forward to in its stead.