This week, sports car purists woke up to sad news that the brilliant Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins, which are coming to the end of their respective lifespans, may not live on to see another generation. However, Toyota was quick to clear things up, saying that the 86 won’t be axed in the foreseeable future.

The company’s US spokesperson Nancy Hubbell told Carscoops that the 86 will live on in some form or another. “As [president] Akio Toyoda said at the reveal of the 2020 Supra, Toyota is committed to building exciting vehicles, including sports cars. The 86 has been in the Toyota family since 2013 and the plan is that it will continue to be a part of Toyota’s sports car line-up.”

While far from a conclusive statement, it does mean you’ll still be able to buy a new 86 in the coming years, and that it won’t be replaced by the 197 PS four-cylinder version of the new GR Supra – at least for the time being. What it doesn’t do is reveal anything about the car’s replacement, whether it will continue to be part of a joint venture with Subaru, of if Toyota will go it alone this time.

It also does not confirm or deny rumours that the 86 will morph into a mid-engined model more in the vein of the MR2, again with Subaru support (though the Pleiades brand has denied this). That’s assuming if a replacement is indeed on the way, of course, and not that the current ZN6 model will live a longer-than-usual life before dying off, which could also be the case.