Toyota Pondering Hybrid GT 86, Senior Company Manager Says

The back-to-basis driver’s car Toyota GT 86 might not get a convertible version, but it may get a not-back-to-basis hybrid powertrain.
Toyota GT 86 1 photo
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Speaking with Autocar at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota’s senior manager for drivetrain engineering Koei Saga said that the development work for a hybrid powertrain is “quite advanced now” and if the company gives the green light, we may get a hybrid GT 86.

Since the GT 86 needs to be sporty, the 4-seater coupe might be the first Toyota production vehicle to benefit from the advanced Hybrid-R technology we saw earlier. They could move the rear electric motors in the front and keep the six-speed sequential transmission to keep the GT 86’s appeal.

Batteries shouldn’t be a huge problem, since TRD can cut about 100 kg out of the standard GT 86, so the hybrid version has big chances to offer at least the same fun.

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