Toyota is in the middle of testing a high performance variant of the new Toyota GT 86 sporting coupe. According to chief engineer Tetsuo Tada, test cars have been built of the supercharged GT 86. Toyota Racing Developments, Toyota’s in house tuning division, have started to evaluate the cars. Tada-san prefers the supercharger approach since it is simpler to accomplish than raising the engine size. It also doesn’t spoil throttle response as much as turbocharging would.
Toyota has asserted that sports car become boring to drive due to its turbocharging well as well as its four-wheel drive and wide tires.
TRD considers supercharging as one of its expertise. Since 1998, TRD had been offering this type of forced induction as an aftermarket kit for Toyota vehicles. It is based what’s envisioned as the kind of power that a supercharged GT 86 could develop.
However, Toyota’s chassis is expected to have 50bhp more to go with the 197bhp that its Subaru 2-litre flat four motor already produces. In addition, TRD is trying to find more ways to modify the suspension to handle the additional power, making a significant power hike more likely.
TRD’s most popular supercharger conversion is used on the U.S. market Tacoma pick up to give its 4-litre V6 engine a boost from 233bhp to 301bhp. This implies that a 280bhp GT 86 can be achieved easily.