Turbo Toyota 86 not going to happen

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Words: Nile Bijoux
13 Mar 2018

The chief engineer on the Toyota 86 project has shut down any lingering hopes of a boosted 86 or Subaru BRZ, at least for the current generation.

Speaking to CarAdvice at the Geneva Motor Show, Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer for the 86 and now Supra projects, confirmed a turbocharged engine won’t be surprising anyone for this generation.

"When we launched 86, I got literally millions of questions from around the world, asking when would we be launching the turbo version”, Tada said in the interview. "I believe that often times I answered that there won’t be a turbo version, and there were some articles in the media that Mr. Tada doesn’t like a turbo."

"That’s not really true. I do like turbos, however if we come up with a turbo version of the 86 and boost up the power that would result in the necessity of changing the basic configuration completely, to come up with a car that I would be satisfied with."

Tada went on to explain that the current Toyota 86 platform was designed with lightness and agility in mind. Bolting on a turbo would throw everything out of kilter, necessitating a redesign to keep the car within Tada’s parameters.

It might seem somewhat like a design oversight but Toyota isn’t making the same mistake with the Supra. The upcoming sports car will feature an inline-six that should offer easy tuning options, allowing both customers and the factory to increase power outputs if desired.

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