The 86 and BRZ twins could become too valuable to drive: Grange among sports cars
THE two cars widely regarded as the best of 2012 have already been proclaimed future classics.
Toyota’s 86 and its twin, the Subaru BRZ, are the subject of such high demand and low supply that waiting lists stretch far into next year.
Glass’s Information Services research analyst Rushad Parkar estimates that they will have a high resale value of 60 per cent after three years.
‘‘ We have placed both the Toyota 86 and the BRZ on the high charts, keeping in mind the build-up to their launch and some technical aspects along with the target segments and the performance of these segments over time,’’ Parkar says.
Phil Ross of Shannons Insurance says the pair will rival Mazda’s MX-5 as a collectable example that could appreciate in value over the years.
‘‘ Certainly both have the look and price tag to get you thinking they may just be the next collector cars,’’ he says.
‘‘ I’mnot surprised that Glass’s Guide reports high resale values.’’
Ross says it’s a tough call as to whether the Toyota or the Subaru will become the most popular over time.
‘‘ In fact, the only difference I can see is the front grille and badges,’’ he says.
‘‘ Both are rear-wheel drive, 2.0-litre, good looking sporty cars so they both should be popular for years to come. How popular probably depends on what else gets released in the next few years.
‘‘ My first impression of these cars was that they were great looking and great value. They definitely stand out from anything that we have seen for a while. So far so good, on the collector scale.
‘‘ We see so many budget new Japanese cars come and go. Not many get to the status of the MX-5 and stay popular.
‘‘ The MX-5 is still popular as an everyday driver but has also in some cases become the weekend toy car and only driven on weekends or on a car club run.’’
Collectability of the cars may depend on their track credentials.
‘‘ The 86 and BRZ may get a workout as drift cars and build more cred and exposure with the drifters,’’ he says. ‘‘ Plus we will probably see (an example of either car) in production car racing before long. All this goes to increase the popularity of the cars.’’
Popular picks: The Toyota 86 (above) and Subaru’s BRZ