Will A GT-R Engine Transplant Finally Make The Toyota GT86 Fast Enough?


Probably, and it also has the perfect new name.

The Toyota 86 and its corporate cousin, the Subaru BRZ, have long been criticized for not having enough power. Even though we love the 86, people can't seem to stop complaining about its lack of oomph. We've seen engine swaps ranging from a Lexus 5.0-liter V8 all the way to an absolutely bonkers Ferrari-powered 86 called the GT-486. A little while ago, we heard about a GT86 with an engine swap from an R35 Nissan GT-R, with the build being completed by StreetFX. Today, we have more details about how this insane GT86 is turning out.

The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 has been stroked and now displaces 4.1-liters. The engine is mated to a sequential gearbox and now spits out 1,300 hp - that's more than 1,000 hp over the stock car.

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The car now has a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio because it weighs less than 2,800 pounds. The GT86 has also been given a widebody kit to complete the look. StreetFX is calling it Project WTF86, which we think is an ideal name. The engine that's pictured is not the car's final power plant, but rather an engine that was run by someone else without any oil and no longer runs. This engine is just acting as a placeholder until the real engine is installed. We can't wait to see how incredible this GT86 will be once the build is finished. We'll keep you posted.