There have been several reports concerning a turbocharged version of the Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ since they were launched, as the coupe felt underpowered and its chassis could clearly handle more oomph.
However, it’s pretty clear that such a model won’t happen, given that both cars have been in production since 2012 pretty much unchanged.
So, do you want to know why they won’t make one? Because it would require a new platform in order for the execs to be satisfied with it.
“If we come up with a turbo version of the 86 and boost up the power that would result in the necessity of changing the basic configuration completely, to come up with a car I would be satisfied with”, Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer for the 86 and new-gen Supra told CarAdvice in Geneva.
“It’s not about just changing or slight modification in the engine parts”, added Tata, explaining that the weight distribution would be severely affected if the 86/BRZ was turbocharged.
Thus, both the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, which are basically the same car with different logos, will continue to be offered with the naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for as long as the two companies decide to keep them in production.
Nevertheless, the stock powertrain has lots of tuning potential, and we’re aware of a few turbocharged versions, including one that lifts the output to an impressive 450 horsepower.
The most impressive project that’s based on a Toyota 86 is Ryan Tuerck’s machine. It uses the naturally-aspirated 4.5-liter V8 engine of the Ferrari 458 Italia, which has turned the compact Japanese sports car into a true weapon.
Note: Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car pictured