We happen to like the Toyota GT86 – and, it of course goes without saying that the same applies to the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S, as well – just the way it is. Yes, that includes the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine and its 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm.

That said, a little extra power never hurt anybody, right?

The most obvious way to add some punch to the GT86 would be with a turbocharger, and that has indeed long been rumored for an STI version of the BRZ. Will Toyota follow suit? According to Top Gear, the answer is no. Says GT86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, "I think 300bhp with a turbo and 200g/km of CO2 would be tasteless in this day and age. And a turbo would mean the loss of the GT86's uniqueness." Perhaps a bit harsh, but there you go.

If no turbo, how will Toyota add some punch to its sports car? Possibly with a supercharger? Perhaps not. "We're looking at a next-generation hybrid. More like the TS030 Le Mans Prototype," says the engineer. If you'll recall, the TS030 uses a hybrid engine with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, more commonly known as KERS.

Even more intriguingly, Tetsuya confirmed that there is a GT86 prototype already fitted with a hybrid KERS system, though it's unclear if it is using capacitors or batteries to contain the recaptured energy. Either way, our interest is most definitely piqued.


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      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      300bhp is tasteless for a low volume niche vehicle, but a V6 is A-OK for the Camry?
        Rieku Ame
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        Took the words out of my mouth. "And a turbo would mean the loss of the GT86's uniqueness" and just how many affordable turbo charged FR cars are there on the market minus the Hyundai Genesis???
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rieku Ame
          I have to wonder about that statement you quoted, how would adding a turbo make the GT86 LESS desirable by making it a little bit less unique? They're just making up excuses about how the engine is perfectly matched with the chassis, and all that.
      stratosrally
      • 2 Years Ago
      IMHO it would be nice to have a choice of a Toyota GT86 KERS , a standard Scion FR-S, and a turbo 2.0 Subaru BRZ STI or naturally aspirated 2.5 block Subaru BRZ RS. The brands could gradually restyle the front & rear fascias to further differentiate between them. Toyota pushes hybrid tech, Scion is the budget model, Subaru is up-market higher-performance... They could still add the TRD supercharger for people that want a sleeper Scion ;)
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would fit the current theme of Toyota. Likely more than a Turbo would. If STi has a 300HP turbo and Toyota has a 300HP hybrid, customers will really get to choose. People who commute a lot have they battery option. People who really intend to drive balls-out would likely buy a turbo Subie. Give people options. Can't be a bad thing.
      BAirey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure how many times I need to say this. The best option for a high output BRZ is the company's new gen 2.5 boxer engine. With a nice direct injection setup the Dohc motor should easily hit 250hp without a turbo. Also torque would likely bump up to 180 ish lb ft. This would be the least complex and cheapest option. They can focus on lowering weight with forged aluminum suspension and a few more bits. I drastic power to weight improvement is certainly possible with this setup taking on a base cayman for 30k less!
      EB110Americana
      • 2 Years Ago
      Normally I would scoff at this as trying to do everything well, and winding up with a car that does nothing well (CR-Z). However, I'm also really interested in electric (centrifugal) supercharging--essentially a turbo that runs off the batteries instead of exhaust back pressure. The caveat to these is that traditional 12V systems are not sufficient to power the electric blower motor (that's why all those bolt-on ones are scams). But with a hybrid circuit just waiting to be tapped, I could see this being a natural test bed for electric supercharging. Another benefit is that being on an electric motor, you could have instant full boost at any moment you wanted, and zero parasitic losses the other 95% of the time you're cruising around. And if all that fails, I can gut the thing and toss in a new LT1 V8.
      GuyClinch
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 90's are over. People buying a sports car what nice handling and torque.. A turbo can help with the torque issue.
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mazda and Toyota have an agreement on sharing hybrid technology. New Mazda 6 comes with KERS... :)
      mawhalen53
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very interesting - did not see this coming. Could be cool if this is a testbed for wide-spread KERS type technology. This could be a new generation of power-adder for mainstream vehicles. Is the added weight and complexity appropriate for the simple 86? No, probably not. But an interesting development in any case.
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm uncertain about a sharp incline in power but I am certain that the price will have rise a few grand. And that point your competition gets even stiffer
      Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      TRD doesn't necessarily have to agree with Mr. Tada though, sometimes they just do their own thing in terms of modifications.
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 2 Years Ago
      So how much power would the KERS system add ? Why are their no mentions of the power gain from a KERS system being added to the FRS ? How about a turbo with the KERS would this work ?
        colin.shark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Ippolito
        KERS in sports cars is pretty new. They probably don't know how much power it will make after they balance for packaging/weight, driveability, and cost.
      Ron
      • 2 Years Ago
      no matter what you do, or how you do it, any hybrid / KERS system will be heavier than a turbo, will not produce anywhere near as much power as a turbo, and cost 3-4x that of a turbo. Heavier, less power, more expensive... Sounds like a great idea.
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