View Full Version : Hi-po Toyota GT86 to get KERS?

11-09-2012, 05:18 PM
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We happen to like the Toyota GT86 (http://autoblog.com/tag/gt86) - and, it of course goes without saying that the same applies to the Subaru BRZ (http://autoblog.com/subaru/brz) and Scion FR-S (http://www.autoblog.com/scion/fr-s/), as well - just the way it is. Yes, that includes the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine and its 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm.

That said, a little extra power never hurt anybody, right?

The most obvious way to add some punch to the GT86 would be with a turbocharger, and that has indeed long been rumored (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/01/possible-subaru-brz-sti-sighting-on-the-ring/) for an STI version of the BRZ. Will Toyota (http://autoblog.com/toyota) follow suit? According to Top Gear, the answer is no. Says GT86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, "I think 300bhp with a turbo and 200g/km of CO2 would be tasteless in this day and age. And a turbo would mean the loss of the GT86's uniqueness." Perhaps a bit harsh, but there you go.

If no turbo, how will Toyota add some punch to its sports car? Possibly with a supercharger (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/05/scion-fr-s-may-be-getting-supercharger-kit-from-trd/)? Perhaps not. "We're looking at a next-generation hybrid. More like the TS030 Le Mans Prototype (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/ts030/)," says the engineer. If you'll recall, the TS030 uses a hybrid engine with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, more commonly known as KERS (http://autoblog.com/tag/kers).

Even more intriguingly, Tetsuya confirmed that there is a GT86 prototype already fitted with a hybrid KERS system, though it's unclear if it is using capacitors or batteries to contain the recaptured energy. Either way, our interest is most definitely piqued.Hi-po Toyota GT86 to get KERS? (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/09/hi-po-toyota-gt86-to-get-kers/) originally appeared on Autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com) on Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds (http://www.thesubaruforum.com/rss-term-of-use/).
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