No sooner have we seen the real car at the Tokyo Motor Show, than reports emerge claiming that Toyota is working on a faster version of the 86 sports coupe. Autocar reports that Toyota is investigating a supercharger for the 86’s 2.0-liter Boxer-four engine.
The stock engine in the 86 (and, by extension, the Subaru BRZ and U.S.-market Scion FR-S) produces 197 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Those figures are certainly adequate for a compact coupe weighing a tad less than 3000 pounds, but Toyota still plans for more oomph.
Toyota chief engineer Tetsuo Tada told Autocar that his company is evaluating supercharged versions of the 86 engine. Developed by Toyota Racing Development, the superchargers apparently provide better throttle response than if the company used a turbocharger. The upgrade could boost the GT 86’s output figures to about 250 hp. Tada also said that Toyota is considered suspension upgrades for a hotter version of the car.
The Toyota 86 is factory-rated to run from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, so we can safely expect a supercharged version to slip below the six-second barrier. TRD already sells aftermarket superchargers for the Toyota FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Sequoia, Tacoma, and Tundra. For its part, Subaru has shown a concept version of a higher-performance BRZ STI with carbon-fiber parts, stiffer suspension, and other upgrades -- but it’s unknown whether that car would have more power than the factory rating of 197 hp.