Toyota GT 86 chief confirms supercharged & turbocharged variants under consideration - report

Toyota 86 GTS aero kit 27.06.2012
Toyota 86 GTS aero kit 27.06.2012

Hybrid powertrain is also a possibility

There's no shortage of rumors about a high-performance Toyota GT 86, but the car's chief engineer has just confirmed the company is considering both turbocharged and supercharged engines.

In a recent interview, Tetsuya Tada said work has already begun on the facelifted GT 86 and the company plans to introduce a high-performance variant later in the car's lifecycle. There's no word on when it could arrive, but Tada said the company is considering turbochargers, superchargers and electric motor assist system that could "bring benefits that forced induction does not.” Speaking of the latter, Tada said an electric motor could deliver substantial low-end torque without compromising fuel efficiency, emissions or throttle response.

Any potential hybrid system would add weight, but Tada suggested the car could adopt lightweight components to help offset the increase. He also hinted the model could have revised aerodynamics to counter any changes in weight distribution since TRD has already developed "underbody fins and plates that can be employed to alter the dynamic balance of the car."

Source: Autocar

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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Please take into consideration to not pimp and spoiler-ize it like the last issue of the Supra sold.
Mar 11th, 2013 5:28am
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The main problem I see is that it is cheaply made and very small for any higher market price point. It is not as appealing in the metal as in pictures, with a plain,low,slab sided belt line that is not very contemporary in sophisticated modern design....let's just say a 370Z is an exotic, curvaceous looking thing compared to this. And only for about 15% more $$$. Never mind a much higher quality interior, eons more in standard equipment and interior finish and performance numbers in a different class. This vehicle should have been finished with at least a tad more of design refinement and more power at what is effectively a $30k price of entry. I don't have anything against small cars. A MX5 is special in it's own way and so is an Elise. Those vehicles, in all their spartan ways, manage to feel special and bring something new to the automotive world. This piece from Toyota fails to feel or look special (again, in the metal, pictures does it much more than justice.)
Mar 10th, 2013 9:33pm
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sensei sensei
Doesn't matter. The aftermarket is already setting itself up and the aftermarket is always better than stock anyway.
Mar 10th, 2013 5:19am
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HenryLarry HenryLarry
It is easier/cheaper to mod/upgrade a car that has FI rather than adding FI to a NA car. Aftermarket == NO warranty.. matters to most
Mar 10th, 2013 6:44pm
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sensei sensei
If warranty matters then don't mod. If you want performance then the aftermarket is ALWAYS better.
Mar 20th, 2013 12:09pm
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EnzoTinyu EnzoTinyu
The reasons I'm not buying this car are the lack of power and pricing. It's hard to buy this when it's priced close to the Golf R in my country
Mar 9th, 2013 2:45pm
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If you care about practicality then Golf is better, but if love drifting and having fun while driving then thisis the better choice.
Mar 9th, 2013 5:31pm
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Anything that add more power is welcome. Just do it ASAP!
Mar 9th, 2013 12:21pm
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Renyeo Renyeo
Alas! The purity of concept has been withered down along with that decision. Market forces... Lol
Mar 9th, 2013 1:00am
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