Toyota’s sports car chief, Tetsuya Tada, spoke to Motoring, who learned that the Toyota GT 86 will get a pretty involving mid-cycle refresh pretty soon.
The refresh is said to include some tweaks to the engine, suspension, and the body while revealing a new lightweight variant with a carbon fiber roof.
But don’t hold your breath for the inclusion of a turbocharged engine, especially since the Subaru-based flat-four is capable of it.
“The WRX turbo is not a good solution for future fuel consumption and CO2 [emissions],” he said in the interview. He also commented on the question by saying turbocharged engines don’t sound or rev right for a sports car, and for a car like the GT 86, which is about precision handling and performance, this sounds about right (puts flame suit on).
The GT 86 is all about lightweight and cutting-edge handling, all in the name of fun and hoonery and with the non-linear power delivery of turbocharged engines, this premise could be compromised.
The downside to the updates is that the price of the GT 86 is slated to climb a bit.
– By: Chris Chin