The next-gen GT86 is coming soon, and it may have a new engine
A few months back we said that the GT86 doesn't need to be boosted, instead it just needs a better engine. Because Toyota has the needed talent to produce a screaming engine with good power and usable torque in-house (click here for the article in case you missed it).
Anyhow, it would seem that the prayers for more power have been answered, in the form of a new GT86.
Replacing the current two litre motor will mostly still stay naturally aspirated, only with the bore increased from 86mm to 94mm, which makes it a 2.4L engine. Codenamed the FA24, this is an existing turbocharged flat-four engine from the Subaru Ascent. The turbocharged engine in the Subaru SUV has 260hp.
Wait, does that mean it's going to be turbocharged?
Not necessarily, the problem with turbocharging, as mentioned by Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer for the current Toyota 86, is that it's not that easy to slap a turbocharger and end there. He said, and I quote, "If you just increase the horsepower, that creates an unbalanced car, so we have to start from redesigning the platform to accommodate more horsepower."
And since the new GT86 is going to feature a similar drivetrain and chassis setup similar to the current GT86, we'd expect the next generation front-engine rear-drive sports car to have the naturally aspirated version of said engine.
It is not a bad thing though, it leaves more room for the aftermarket industry to do their thing, keep the all-important cost down and answers what people want for 7 years: More POWERRRRRR.
The existing chassis of the GT86 is faultless too, with a playful but throttle-adjustable rear-end, made possible by a limited-slip differential and a set of Prius tyres, the GT86 will happily kick it's back end out on a roundabout.
The GT86 will therefore most likely still be the affordable and fun coupe to have, without the use of a bespoke engine will keep its cost down, the existing chassis offers enough fun for anybody from 17 to 70 and a body style that'll make you look cool.