Next-Gen Toyota GT86 Reportedly Using KERS, Turbo Engine
More rumors of the next-generation Toyota GT86 have surfaced.
In addition to an earlier report that the next-generation Toyota GT86 will be built on the new Mazda MX-5 Miata platform, it is now rumored that Toyota will take advantage of a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an F1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for its powertrain. The engine will be good for around 188 hp and will mirror Mazda’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv engine configuration.
Readers should take these rumors with a grain of salt, since it seems more like a wish list item than something that could be crammed into a vehicle that still stickers in the mid-$20,000 range. If some of this does come to fruition, it most certainly means that the Subaru BRZ will be the odd vehicle out, especially if Toyota turns to using the MX-5 platform for the next-generation GT86, or Scion FR-S in North America. Recently, Subaru of America’s president and chief operating officer said that the BRZ needs “more performance,” and wouldn’t confirm whether a second-generation model is in the works with the Subaru nameplate.
Currently, it is speculated that the new GT86 will debut sometime in 2017 with production models not heading to dealerships until 2020.
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Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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