Toyota not planning to offer a hybrid version of the GT86

Article by Christian A., on June 9, 2014

Toyota updated the GT86 for the 2015MY back in April, which means that the Japanese carmaker is already working on the next-generation. Previous reports said that Toyota might use hybrid technology on the GT86 but it appears that this model will not arrive as such as model would not speak to the majority.

Apparently, Toyota engineers already have the performance hybrid technology at an advanced stage, but according to marketing director Fabio Capano, this model needs to make proper business sense.

Capano admitted that Toyota can create a GT86 with hybrid technology but it has to prioritise as the market for such a model is small while the costs involved are big.

This means that if you want a Toyota GT86 you will get the 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that generates 197 bhp at 7,000 rpm and 205 Nm of torque at 6,600 rpm.

The GT86 is offered as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while the 6-speed automatic gearbox comes as an option. In both cases, power is delivered to the roads via the rear wheels.

For the 2015MY, the Toyota GT86 received a new shark-fin antenna that improves the looks as well as aerodynamics, two new colours – pearl white and silver – as well as updated suspension.

Still, if you want a hybrid sports car from Toyota, you should wait for the next-generation LFA, which will receive hybrid tech from the BMW i8!

Toyota designed the new GT 86 according to the concept of 'Neo Functionalism,' enabling sports cars to combine the technical constraints of being compact, aerodynamic performance inspired by Formula One technology and a low center of gravity, as well as a suggestive styling evoking Toyota’s sports cars.

The new GT 86’s simple and bold styling is heavily influenced by the two key pillars of a new Toyota design language: Under Priority and Keen Look. The Under Priority frontal design gives the new GT 86 a more assertive look by using the enlarged lower grille to draw attention to the sports car’s lower section. Meanwhile, Toyota applied a Keen Look approach to lend the GT 86 an intelligent and expressive styling.

Toyota’s new design language is augmented by the bold 'scorpion' styling to the lower grille, lending the new sports car a more aggressive, sporting look. This design language is further augmented by sporty elements like the T-mesh grille, a rear spoiler and twin rear exhausts with a connecting rod motif on the tip as well as exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and '86' piston logo on the front wing. This 86 piston logo doesn’t only point to the sports car’s front-engine rear-wheel drive format, but also refers to the tires sliding in a four-wheel drift.

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