Toyota will offer a high-performance version of the GT86 with AWD and turbocharged engine

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 8, 2014

Today’s news comes from Best Car magazine and is focused on the Toyota GT86, which is becoming more and more popular. According to the Japanese magazine, Toyota is working on a high-performance version of the GT86, which will gain an all-wheel-drive system but also a turbocharged engine.

Although details are limited, 4WheelsNews learned that the Japanese coupe will get a high-performance 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four engine, built by Subaru, that will deliver up to 300 hp. In order to offer a better fuel consumption, Toyota will offer the engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

In addition, Best Car magazine also released an illustration of the upcoming model and we expect the new vehicle too get a new front hood featuring an additional air scoop for the turbocharged engine, just like the Subaru WRX STI, as well as new aerodynamic elements such as a new front lip spiler, side sills and a big rear wing.

A new wheel design is also expected. For those who don’t know, the current Toyota GT86 is offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 197 bhp at 7,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 205 Nm at 6,600 rpm.

Bolted to a six-speed manual transmission, the engine pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds, while using the automatic transmission the acceleration time increases to 8.2 seconds.

So, the new engine is expected to make the GT86 even faster and more popular. Regarding the launch date of the new coupe, there are no details yet, but stay tuned as more info will follow!

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