Mention the Toyota GT 86/ Scion FR-S/ Subaru BRZ to anybody who is aware of, and also you’ll possible elicit two responses. The first is that the car has incredible dealing with. The second is that it feels down on energy. At this level, that second attribute is sort of a joke, with fanatics the world over pleading for a factory variant with extra straight-line pace to enhance the excellent chassis tuning. Nicely, if the most recent rumors are to be believed, Toyota will present precisely that, as the following technology appears to be like like it could get not only a turbo, however a Formula 1-inspired kinetic energy recovery system as well.

Toyota GT 86 Could Use KERS (Next-Generation)
Toyota GT 86 Could Use KERS (Next-Generation)

Toyota GT 86 Could Use KERS (Next-Generation)

Citing unidentified Japanese insiders, the Aussie publication Motoring is reporting that the next-gen GT 86 will include a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder much like Mazda’s Skyactiv powerplant, with output as much as 188 horsepower. KERS will likely be thrown in to spice up efficiency and fuel economy.

I do know what you’re thinking: “Um, that’s lower than the 200 horsepower on the current era, fool.”

Whereas that could be true, you gotta do not forget that the next-gen 86 can be based mostly on the extremely-light-weight 2016 Mazda MX-5 platform. The current-gen 2013 Toyota GT 86 weighs upwards of 2,800 pounds, whereas the brand new Miata weighs just 2,300 pounds. The Mazda additionally has solely one hundred fifty five horsepower, but hits 60 mph a number of tenths quicker than the present-gen Toyota, and also you don’t hear too many of us complaining about that, do you? Throw in a dose of KERS, and it seems like your prayers have been answered. Possibly.

If all goes in line with plan, the brand new automobile ought to have the identical legendary cornering agility as Mazda’s iconic roadster, paired with a heady new engine package deal and the identical low MSRP as the primary era.

An idea for the subsequent-gen GT 86 is anticipated to interrupt cowl someday in 2017. Manufacturing models will observe, slated for showrooms in 2020 for about 2.5 million yen ($20,178 at current exchange rates, 7/15).

Toyota GT 86 Could Use KERS

Why It Matters

Toyota has truly hinted at a KERS-equipped GT 86 for a while now, with speculation first popping up as early as 2012. All informed, it appears as if a giant, honking turbocharged engine simply isn’t within the playing cards, whereas low weight, electric power and excessive effectivity are.

It seems as if a big, honking turbocharged engine just isn’t in the cards, whereas low weight, electrical power and excessive effectivity are.

Toyota and Mazda signed a technology sharing agreement in Could that gave Toyota’s engineers entry to the MX-5’s chassis and suspension setup. It’s the sort of bones that ought to make for a celebrity performer.

However where’s all this depart Subaru? The automaker co-developed the primary-gen 86 with Toyota, providing its 2.0-liter boxer 4-cylinder for engine duties. The automobile is a hit, but Toyota is reportedly lower than happy with the powerplant’s fuel economy and doesn’t foresee adequate enchancment for the next generation.

With the subsequent-gen 86 using the identical platform because the Mazda MX-5, Subaru could be left with out its personal iteration to promote. However, that may be for the very best, as Motoring studies that the highest brass at Subaru think about the 86 joint venture to be at odds with the model’s general message, which has historically emphasised AWD dependability and security over ass-out efficiency (rally-bred WRX models notwithstanding).