From what Autocar has to say, Toyota has even more plans for the GT86 beyond the convertible concept we just saw at the Geneva Motor Show. Along with a planned midcycle facelift, Toyota is reportedly looking at how to pack some extra ponies under the coupe's hood, and while there has already been a lot of talk about superchargers and turbochargers, it sounds like a performance-boosting hybrid system could also be in the works.

Talking to Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, Autocar has learned that the automaker is considering an electrical motor assist for the sporty coupe to improve performance without harming fuel economy. In attempting to keep weight – and, presumably, costs – down, the article mentions the use of a system closer to what Honda uses for its Integrated Motor Assist rather than a full Hybrid Synergy Drive system used in current Toyota hybrids. Tada says the added weight of the system could be offset by weight reduction, while aerodynamic changes and a lower center of gravity could improve the car's handling.

No word yet on whether a mild hybrid system would find its way to North America's Scion FR-S – let alone its Subaru BRZ twin – but the thought is certainly an intriguing one.


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      al4gg10
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda with its CR-Z has still not found a good way to put a sport car hybrid together. Once the sport is truly put into a Hybrid vehicle then I could see a good market for that car. Every time Hybrid is mentioned with sport car its like trying to combine water with oil. The 2 don't mix ... but I hope that changes.
        Sean Clearwater
        • 2 Years Ago
        @al4gg10
        I strongly disagree that hybrid and sport can't be mixed. It just has to be done properly. Give the driver a KERS system with a manual control option of the electric boost and you have a recipe that not only does not detract from the spirit of a sports car but actually adds to it. Imagine the ability to add 75 lb·ft of torque exiting a turn using power re-genned from the last braking episode. A "push to pass" button on the steering wheel would be awesome.
        dan1malk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @al4gg10
        +1. If anything, something along the lines of GM's mild hybrid systems would be a better match for this car since it's smaller in scale in both weight and cost (but also fuel economy.)
      sleek2g
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would be a very cool 2nd car but I couldn't justify getting this when a wrx is the same price as a dd. Not to mention how much this would bump the price.
      sp33dklz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It will either be amazing or really screw things up.
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      step 1: take a great , lightweight great handling sports car. step 2: load it up with a few hundred pounds of toxic earth killing batteries step 3: tell idiots its "green" step 4: profit!
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      Foxxwoof
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't really feel that anybody is asking for this. Honda ruined the CR-Z by making it a hybridmobile when all anybody wanted was a B or K series engine in it. People aren't cross shopping FR-Ss with hybrid fuel-economy machines. You don't buy a car like this for amazing fuel economy. As for the performance benefits of electric.. yeah I know instant torque.. There are lighter and simpler ways to make power, and you just know Toyota will market it as a sports car with a green side. They can't help themselves. Toyota, just give people what they really want, forced induction (be it a super/turbocharger), or more cubic inches. If you want a hybrid buy a Prius. If you want a sports car buy an FR-S.
      bubba_roe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds stupid. No one wants a hybrid sports car.
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        @bubba_roe
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          kreegs
          • 2 Years Ago
          I'd love a hybrid sports car if it actually got good gas mileage and didn't break the bank.
          Teleny411
          • 2 Years Ago
          From the hybrids I've driven, they don't seem we'll suited to a sports car. If you want fuel economy as a priority, you probably shouldn't be looking at a sports car.
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          Teleny411
          • 2 Years Ago
          Well those are supercars built in low numbers with cost completely removed from the equation. The more humdrum mass market technology that Toyota would use in a niche car would not be suitable for a sportscar.
      Really
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hybrid Performance Stop the marketing lies Toyota! Bring the boost already!!!!!!!!!!!
        Really
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        @Really
        It tough enough being a performance guy in terms of the green world and now you want to add dirty batteries to the mix. I for one can't wait for the hybrid and battery based none sense to stop. The combustion engines, especially diesel have soooo much more improvement to give not to mention alternate fuels like NG which is very plentiful and already has a perfect supply structure at most homes. The worlds economy would collapse if the industries involved with the combustion engines were to be closed down.
          ELG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Really
          shhhhh..... youre spoiling the greenie weenie's false fantasy that their toxic battery laden hybrids and EVs are saving the planet.
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          @Really
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          Burabus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Really
          What's more likely in 100 years, cars still running on diesel or batteries?
          PatrickH
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Really
          @Burabus the answer is diesel
          josh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Really
          fuel cells
          Really
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Really
          Ford Future obviously doesn't know that Diesel is far easier to refine and has virtually no by products. He's also the poster child for no clue how lithium is strip mined why just by itself is 10 times more toxic to the environment that any petrol fuel could ever be. Nice job genius!
          kreegs
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Really
          ELG doesn't seem to know much about what's toxic.
      akitadog
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're overthinking this. Just turbocharge it for ~250hp/tq. Done.
      Donny Hoover
      • 2 Years Ago
      It seems they'll do anything to avoid putting forced induction in this thing. Unbelievable.
      Darryl Staten
      • 2 Years Ago
      TRD SUPERCHARGER ASAP!!!!!!
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