Because 200 Horsepower Isn't Enough: V8-Powered Toyota GT-86

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Now this is more like it.

We knew that it was only a matter of time before aftermarket tuning firms began tweaking the newly launched Toyota GT-86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ. Our initial predictions included upgraded exhaust systems and maybe even a turbocharger, but we didn't think something like this would be done so soon. Built for driver Manabu "MAX" Orido who will be behind the wheel at the 2012 Japanese D1 Grand Prix, this GT-86's builders clearly weren't impressed with the stock 200hp 2.0-liter boxer four.

Instead, they opted for the 5.0-liter 416hp V8 that powers the Lexus IS F. The result, as you can tell by this video, sounds great and the added wide-body kit makes the car look even better as well.

Will Toyota/Subaru even consider the 5.0 V8 as an option in the near future? More than likely, the answer would be no, as this deviates away from their whole lightweight sports coupe philosophy. But still, it's good to know that the larger and more powerful engine fits.

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