Toyota is planning to develop a hybrid version of the GT86 over the following years, once the model will receive a facelift.
The announcement has been made by the company’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, who has recently spoken with Autocar. Tada was asked if the Japanese based automaker is considering producing a turbocharged version of the GT86 and this might be a possibility, along with a supercharged variant or even a hybrid.
“I’ve been asked a lot about a turbocharging. We are already working on a mid-life facelift for the car, and we are investigating both turbocharging and supercharging too. But an electric motor assistance solution is also possible, and would bring benefits that forced induction does not”, as Tetsuya Tada told Autocar.
The company’s official said that an electric motor fitted onto the Toyota GT86, helping the regular internal combustion engine, will help provide substantial torque at low rpms on the naturally aspirated engine, without affecting the throttle’s response, the fuel economy or the CO2 emissions. If the automaker will decide to go for turbocharging or supercharging, than these versions will be made by TRD. Additional details on the new Toyota GT86 variants are limited for the moment.