Toyota GT86 to Gain Hybrid Version
The company's chief engineer Tetsuya Tada told Autocar that Toyota is planning to develop high-performance turbocharged and supercharged versions of the GT86, but could also release a hybrid variant.
"I’ve been asked a lot about a turbocharging. We are already working on a mid-life facelift for the car, and we are 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 said.
Talking about the recently unveiled GT86 Open Top concept, Tada revealed why Toyota took so long to consider a entering a cabriolet on the assembly line.
“The management considered the GT86 very risky. They wanted proof that the 86 coupe would hit its sales targets before they would sign off on a convertible. Now that they have that proof, we can begin to think about other development ideas for the car," Tada added.