Toyota GT 86 high-performance to get KERS image

The Japanese based automaker Toyota is planning to introduce the KERS on its upcoming high-performance version of the GT 86.

According to the Toyota GT 86 chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, who has recently spoken to Top Gear, the sports car might use a hybrid powertrain and the technology is expected to be borrowed from the TS030 Hybrid Le Mans prototype. The company is already testing a prototype version of the GT 86 equipped with the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) but it remains unclear whether the model is coming with a battery or a capacitor. One thing is for sure, though, the price of this version of the Toyota GT 86 will significantly increase.

As a quick reminder, the Toyota GT 86 is powered by the same engine as the Subaru BRZ or the Scion FR-S, which is the 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol unit, borrowed by Subaru and fitted with the company’s D-4S direct injection. The petrol engine is developing a total output of 187 horsepower, at 7,000 rpm, and it has a peak torque of 205 Nm (151 lb-ft), available at 6,600 rpm. The unit is mated to a six-speed manual in standard, or to a six-speed automatic, which is available as an option.

Source: Top Gear