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Toyota Has Supercharged GT 86 Deep In The Works

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On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 1:25PM | By: Chris Weiss


Toyota Has Supercharged GT 86 Deep In The Works

Well that didn't take long at all. We finally moved past all the teasing and got the meat on the Toyota GT 86. And now...more teasing.

Despite the fact that the GT 86 just debuted days ago after two years of concepts, Toyota is already teasing the next GT 86 variation. The automaker has a high-performance GT 86 well underway.

Autocar spoke to chief engineer Tetsuo Tada who said that not only is a GT 86 coming, but Toyota is already testing prototypes. The car is being developed by Toyota Racing Developments, Toyota's in-house tuning branch.

Tada prefers supercharging over increased engine size or turbocharging, so it looks as though TRD will fit the GT 86's horizontally opposed boxer four-cylinder with a supercharging system. It's not yet clear exactly how big of a boost that supercharger will offer on top of the GT 86's standard 197-hp. In addition to the supercharger, TRD will tune the suspension to handle the extra power.

Toyota isn't sure whether the supercharged GT 86 variant will turn into its own model or will be offered as an aftermarket kit. Toyota Racing Developments already offers supercharger kits for other Toyota models, so it could easily go this route.

Since we feel a little bad about yet more GT 86 teasing, we're including the GT 86's debut video in this post. The GT 86 shows what it can do on Spain's winding mountain roads in this short, compelling clip. Take a look, and tell me that the GT 86 doesn't indeed make Toyota "fun to drive, again."




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Stephy21 | 9:41AM (Thu, Dec 8, 2011)

Cant wait to see this new Toyota.


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AutoHistory | 9:59AM (Thu, Dec 8, 2011)

Love the new GT 86, and variants. This car really needs 300 horsepower and a sub-$28K pricetag to win in an already competitive market.



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