Toyota to develop GT86 Hybrid image

The Japanese based automaker Toyota has recently announced its plans to develop a hybrid version of the popular GT86 sports car.

The announcement has been made during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, by the company’s senior manager for drivetrain engineering, Koei Saga, when speaking to Autocar. According to the Toyota official, the development of the GT86 Hybrid is advanced and once the model will receive the green light for production it won’t take long until it will arrive in dealerships.

“The development work is quite advanced now, so if the green light is given, we are ready to do it. We are quite prepared because we do have a hybrid system that we can use for that kind of vehicle, utilizing the production passenger car hybrid system, and we also have the pure race-oriented hybrid system. So I think it won’t be very far in the future that the green light will come”, said Koei Saga.

This will actually be the third version of the Toyota GT86, after the Coupe and the Convertible, and it’s believed to get more power from the new powertrain, which will stand at approximately 250 HP. The standard 6-speed manual transmission, and the optional six-speed automatic, is expected to be offered on the model too. Additional details on the Toyota GT86 Hybrid are limited for the moment and will probably be announced over the following months.