Toyota puts honey on our lips with the idea of ​​fitting a turbo engine to the GR 86

The fans of Toyota GR 86 they are divided between those who love the naturally aspirated engine and those who cry out for a turbo engine for the little sports car.

The debate began with the launch of the Toyota GT86 ten years ago and was revived when the Japanese brand once again opted for the naturally aspirated to give life to its successor, the GR 86.

The Toyota GR86 dreamed of by many

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Now, Gazoo Racing, the division responsible for sporty Toyotas, has finally dared to put a turbo in the engine compartment of the GR86. But not with the idea of ​​taking it to production.

According to the Australian media CarSales After interviewing Naoyuki Sakamoto, chief engineer of Gazoo Racing, Toyota would be testing the turbocharged engine of the GR Yaris and GR Corolla in the GR 86 with the idea of ​​developing new competition versions and testing Alternative fuels.

There are several units of the Toyota GR 86 that have changed their atmospheric mechanics of 2.4 liters and four cylinders of 234 hp developed by Subaru for the turbocharged three-cylinder engine of the most powerful Yaris and Corolla.

Of course, the block has been modified and, instead of having 1.6 liters of displacement, it goes to 1.4 liters, although it is still capable of delivering about 300 CV.

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All GR 86 turbos are in the testing phase. In the interview, Sakamoto has assured that for now they have no concrete plans to bring to production the GR 86 turbo, although they are thinking about the possibility of manufacturing it in series later.

Although the naturally aspirated engine fits perfectly with the philosophy of the GR 86 and the extra power solves the deficiencies that the GT86 had, many followers of the brand miss more explosiveness that could come from the hand of a turbo.

That way you could also expand the range with a less purist, but more powerful GR86, although Toyota would run the risk of cannibalizing the GR Supra 2.0 Turbo four-cylinder and 258 hp.

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naturally aspirated boxer engine of the production Toyota GR 86

What Sakamoto wanted to make clear is that this laboratory on wheels is ideal for testing alternative fuels with a neutral balance of emissions. That fits in with the tests Toyota is doing with the GR Hydrogen Yariswhich premiered a few weeks ago in Europe with the president of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, at his command.

For a couple of years, Toyota has also been testing units of the Corolla with a hydrogen-powered engine. If it is green hydrogen, it complies with the premise of being a fuel that leaves a neutral balance of emissions.

Beyond using the Toyota GR 86 turbo as a test bed to develop alternative fuels, the test units are used by Toyota to carry this mechanics To the races with the security of having a sufficiently reliable and robust technology.

The Toyota GR 86 competes in the Super Taikyu Series Japanese and a new turbo engine could be the key to better results. If so, Toyota may take a more serious look at bringing a Toyota GR 86 turbo to showrooms that fans would welcome with open arms.

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