Toyota Considering Hotter GT 86 Hybrid

Aside from a drop top, it looks like Toyota has even more plans for a hotter, hybrid spec GT 86. Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada says that if developed, the hybrid sportscar could come at around the same time as a mid-life facelift.

This new report by Autocar states that while the company is still exploring the possibility for a turbocharged or supercharged engine, the idea for “electric motor assistance” was also thrown into the mix by Tada in Geneva.

The electric boost could allow for a low-end torque boost assisting the naturally aspirated engine rather than affecting throttle response with a turbocharger or supercharger (read: turbo-lag). Aside form more torque, the electric motor would also prove a cheaper price point.

Tetsuya didn’t detail when the Toyota GT 86 facelift will go into effect, but expect somewhere near the 2015 model range.

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