Toyota 86 gets twin-charged

This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will see Toyota’s GT86 (known in South Africa as the 86) TRD joined by a twin-charged sibling tuned by Gazoo Racing to develop 235 kW. Although the concept has been developed with motorsport in mind, it is technically road-legal.

The GRMN Sports FR Concept features a twin-charger (sequential super- and turbocharging) set-up for the existing 2,0-litre engine that hikes the outputs up from 147 kW and 205 N.m to 235 kW and 422 N.m of torque. Toyota and Gazoo racing have not yet divulged any details regarding performance, but it’s fair to say that this model will require less provocation to get it sideways than its stock stablemate.

Gazoo Racing has also tacked on an in-house-developed sports exhaust system while uprating both the suspension and brakes.

The GRMN Sports FR concept features a suitably sporty body kit comprising sculpted side skirts, deeper front and rear valances and a prominent rear wing. The whole shooting match rolls on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 245/40 R18 rubber up front and 265/35 R18s at the rear.

We recently procured pricing for Toyota’s eagerly awaited rear-wheel drive sports coupé, and while there is a great deal of excitement surrounding this newcomer it has to be said that the 147 kW normally aspirated 2,0-litre model appears to be just the tip of the iceberg.

While the TRD version only features a specialised body kit and race-tuned suspension, there is talk of a production 86 variant with a forced-induction powerplant as well as a possible turbocharged version of the mechanically similar Subaru BRZ. Watch this space!


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