A more potent Toyota GT-86 is on the way, but electric motor assist could be used instead of turbocharging.
It’s no secret that Toyota is currently working on a high-performance version of its highly acclaimed GT-86/Scion FR-S sports coupe. Only days after the Japanese automaker revealed a nearly production-ready GT-86 convertible concept at the Geneva Motor Show, Autocar is reporting that Toyota is considering a high-performance gasoline-electric hybrid version. In fact, chief engineer Tetsuya Tada says that his team is already working on the car’s mid-life facelift.
They are also "investigating both turbocharging and supercharging too, but an electric motor assistance solution is also possible, and would bring benefits that forced induction does not." Tada emphasized that an electric motor assist solution has the ability to provide substantial low-rpm torque boost for the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer four without sacrificing throttle response or any compromises in regards to fuel economy. But the Prius’s heavy hybrid system is not being considered. Instead, TRD is looking at the Honda CRZ’s hybrid system for inspiration because it’s cheaper and simpler.