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Christopher Bruce2013-09-11 15:02:22

Toyota Moving Forward with GT86 Hybrid Development

It is still waiting on a green light for the project

 
 
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It uses the same hybrid system as the Yaris and Prius

Almost since the day it went on sale, there has been rumors either ToyotaToyotaToyotaJapan, 1937 > present155 models
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, SubaruSubaruSubaruJapan, 1953 > present34 models
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or both are developing a higher performance version of the GT86GT 86 Gen.1Toyota GT 86 Gen.1Japan, 2012 > present14 versions
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. There have been rumors of a turbocharged version, larger displacement and hybrid version. While none of the versions have officially received a green light for production, Toyota’s manager of drivetrain engineering Koei Saga says that he expects a hybrid GT86 will be green lit for production soon.

"The development work is quite advanced now, so if the green light is given, we are ready to do it,” said Saga.

Saga said that the hybrid system for the car is ready, and it is based on Toyota’s current passenger car hybrid system. The modular system is previewed in the Yaris Hybrid-RYaris Hybrid-RToyota Yaris Hybrid-RJapan, 2013 > present10 photos
concept that uses the same electric motors as the Yaris HybridYaris Hybrid SportToyota Yaris Hybrid SportJapan, 2012 > present2 photos
.

The hybrid system will obviously add weight, but Saga is optimistic. Toyota’s North American tuner TRD and European tuner TMG have both created lighter versions of the GT86 that could offset some of the hybrid’s weight.

"Yes - with a good layout design, we think that even if may be a bit heavier, it can be a fun car to drive,” he said.

Source: Autocar

Encyclopedia
ToyotaToyota
GT 86 Gen.1GT 86 Gen.1
GT86 2.0 SportGT86 2.0 Sport
Engine
Flat 4
Displacement
122 cu in
Top Speed
140 mph
Transmission
6, Manual
Maximum power
200 hp @ 7000 rpm
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Petrol / Electric
Fuel consumption (combined)
30.15 US MPG
price
$ 59.537
* based on Portugal prices
annual ownership cost
$ 2.185

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