Toyota is very near to approving the production series of a GT 86 sedan, according to Australian media reports. So far, it can’t be confirmed that there will be a GT 86 cabrio but it appears that Toyota wants to build a more practical sedan variant which will supposedly get a 100mm extended wheelbase to give more room to rear passengers.
A source told Motoring.com.au that the car is more likely to arrive at dealerships than the cabrio. The GT 86 sedan has a stretched wheelbase and two more doors. It features a "keen-look" front grille that brings to mind the Japanese katana samurai sword. Like the coupe, it will be equipped with a 2.0-liter boxer engine.
However, it will also be getting a next-gen hybrid arrangement, which was previewed by the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept at the IAA last month.
The source also said that this new type of hybrid setup will enable the Toyota GT 86 sedan to generate up to 268 bhp (200 kW) and to offer a fuel economy rating that’s 10-15% better than that of the conventional-powered coupe.
It’s likely that it will make use of an F1-inspired KERS system which under braking will recover the kinetic energy. The GT 86 sedan is expected to have its public debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next March, before it is launched to the market in late 2015 with a price comparable to that of its two-door sibling.
While the number 86 pays tribute to the drivability of the Toyota Corolla AE86 and to its distinct relationship with its owners, enthusiasts and tuning shops, this figure plays a vital role in the development of the Toyota GT 86.
For instance, the boxer engine of the Toyota’s new sports engine features an ideal square bore and stroke set-up of 86 mm x 86 mm, thereby staying true to the carmaker’s sports engine history. The already iconic 3M mill found in the 2000GT as well as the 1G-G engine in the Supra were both in-line six-cylinder units having a square bore and stroke of 75 mm. On the other hand, the in-line, four-cylinder engine found in the Toyota Celica and MR2 featured a square bore and stroke of 86 mm. Likewise, the diameter of the chrome-tipped exhaust opening of the Toyota GT 86 measures 86 mm.
The new GT 86 is considered as the most compact four-seat sports car, as evidenced by its dimensions of 4,240 mm in length, 1,775 mm in width, and 1,285 mm in height – with a wheelbase of 2,570 mm. Moreover, the GT 86 features an ultra-low center of gravity (460 mm), thanks to several factors. These factors include the flat-four format of the front-mounted boxer engine and a driver hip-point of just 400 mm, which is the lowest on any Toyota production vehicle.