Rumor Claims Toyota Is Working On A Turbo-Hybrid GR86
The GR86 is an upgraded version of the GT86 with a 2.4 liter engine producing 228 horsepower, making it more powerful than the GT86. According to rumors, Toyota is actively working on a turbo-hybrid variant of the GR86.
According to Best Car Web, Toyota is starting to work towards a 2025 deadline. Since the GR86 is just too small for TNGA, the vehicle would be migrated from Subaru to a Toyota framework, particularly a simplified version of the Lexus IS.
Sources report that the GR86 will get a turbocharged engine, since it will reuse the 1.6-liter turbo from the GR Yaris as well as the GR Corolla. However, the supercharged engine will serve as the foundation for a hybrid that will utilize the electric components from the Toyota Crown's Hybrid Max motor, but only in RWD. Toyota is said to be retaining the manual transmission option. The overall power capacity of the vehicle should be greater than 300 horsepower.
If this is the case, then the GR86 would not only increase its power output, but also its overall weight. As a result, Toyota GR86 lead engineer Yasurori Suezawa informed Australian publication Drive that Toyota had 'ruled out those options', as well as a fully electric version of the car.
Getting work done quickly and even with major changes happening is unusual for Toyota to be doing these kinds of things. However, Toyota is apparently making a significant shift forward into EVs. The Japanese car manufacturer stated for years that the vehicles they produce after 2025 will have an electric powered drivetrain, or just make it an option since not all customers are fond of it.
If somehow the upcoming GR86 just can't manage having a turbo-hybrid engine, Toyota could possibly redesign its model with the lightest hybrid powertrain possible and make adjustments to its framework, making it racing-like in order to cater it.
Since the hybridized GR86 is more technically advanced than the original, both car enthusiasts and customers should expect it to be incredibly expensive. The GR86 is currently available in Japan for around 2.8 to 3.5 million yen, or about $36,800 in USD. When compared to other sports coupes, the GR86 is a better deal, but if the upcoming GR86 is released, we believe it will be a better option.