The Toyota 86 was too tame for this owner. So they added a 2JZ engine and a supercharger with a massive blower.
The 2020 Toyota GR Supra may be hogging all the spotlight, but it isn't the only sports car Toyota sells. It may have less power, but the Toyota 86 is still very appealing. It's around half the price of the Supra and is extremely enjoyable to drive thanks to its rear-wheel setup and lightweight agility.
Starting at $26,655, the Toyota 86 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine producing 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque, so it's not the most powerful sports car on the market. For Josh Armstrong, the Toyota 86 is simply too tame. His solution? Add Toyota's legendary 2JZ engine, and a supercharger with a massive blower protruding through the hood.
Armstrong's bonkers creation started life as a 2014 Toyota 86 but he wanted to "do something different and out of the box." To give it some extra muscle, the lightweight 86's engine was swapped with Toyota's iconic 2JZ engine and a TBS 6-71 supercharger. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission.
"We cut the whole rear end out up to the original rear seats - which it still has - and replaced it with a shortened nine-inch diff and ladder bar," Armstrong explained. It also has a mechanical Enderle fuel system that runs on methanol but the front suspension and brakes are all standard.
As a result, this modified Toyota 86 produces 430 wheel horsepower on the dyno, which is a considerable upgrade over the standard car. What do you do with all that power? Burn some serious rubber, of course. As Armstrong demonstrates, this Toyota 86 can do some epic burnouts that engulf the track with copious amounts of tire smoke. Thanks to its 2JZ engine and supercharger blower, it also sounds incredible.
Armstrong will probably be pleased to know that a second-generation Toyota 86 is coming, which Toyota claims will be even better than the Supra. Reports claim it will be rebadged as the Toyota GR86 and ride on Toyota's TNGA platform.