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

Article by Christian A., 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!

Toyota designed the new Toyota GT 86 under the 'Neo Functionalism' concept. This resulted to a sports car that boasts compact dimensions, a low center of gravity and F1 technology-inspired aerodynamics, while being dressed in a sweeping style that evokes past Toyota sports cars.

The bold and simple styling of the new Toyota GT 86 employs two key pillars of a new Toyota design language. The sports car employs the Under Priority design on its front end, with much of the focus applied on the lower section, in particular on the enlarged lower grille. The GT 86 also took a Keen Look approach to deliver an intelligent and expressive styling.

Toyota’s new design language, as implemented on the new GT 86, is emphasized by a bold 'scorpion' styling to the lower grille for a more assertive, sporty look. This appearance is boosted by sporting elements like an exclusive, T-mesh grille design, a rear spoiler, twin rear exhausts and purpose-made 17-inch alloy wheels. The '86' piston logo -- mounted on the front wing of the sports car – represents several meaningful details. For instance, it helps emphasize the GT 86’s distinct, front boxer engine rear-wheel drive powertrain format. The logo also represents the sports car’s tires sliding in a four-wheel drift, thereby accentuating its perfect balance of the GT 86 at the limits.

Furthermore, the design of the new Toyota GT 86 employs the so-called 'Aero Sandwiching' concept. In this concept, the GT 86 is sandwiched by air from all directions -- top, bottom and both sides – allowing the sports car to be stable both vertically and horizontally without negatively affecting its co-efficient of drag value.

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