Special GT86 planned for next year, and will come with extensive carbonfibre bodywork as well as revised handling

Toyota looks set to introduce a lightweight, track-focused special edition of its GT86 sports car next year.

This prototype model, spotted performance testing at the Nürburgring, features what looks to be a carbonfibre bonnet with dual air intakes, as well as a new roof and boot lid which holds a large rear spoiler. New air ducts can also be seen on the bonnet, likely to aid cooling to the GT86's 2.0-litre flat-four engine. The current car has a kerb weight of 1275kg in manual form.

These aerodynamic upgrades aren't likely to make much difference to the car's performance, meaning its 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds and 140mph top speed are likely to remain unchanged. N upgrades to the car's engine are expected, either, meaning the same 197bhp and 151lb ft outputs will be offered, as well as the same options of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota will likely tune the car's suspension and dynamics for sharper handling on the track.

Some reports have cited Toyota engineer Tetsuya Tada as saying a facelifted version of the GT86 could make use of a larger, more powerful boxer engine in the future, which could come with an improved intake system and performance exhaust setup, as well as a modified final drive ratio. 

The GT86 has recently been updated for the 2015 model year, and now comes with more rigid front suspension and new rear shock absorbers, which are claimed to provide better handling. The interior has also been upgraded, and now features carbonfibre trim. 

Beyond next year, Toyota will start work on a new sports car developed in conjunction with BMW. Planned as a two-seater, the project will sire a Z4 replacement for BMW, and a successor to the Supra for Toyota. That car has already been hinted at with the FT-1 concept car seen at the Detroit motor show earlier this year.

Toyota could well introduce this lightweight model as a limited-run special edition, with a price tag of well above the current top-spec GT86's £33,110 to match.

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24 June 2014

I guess you could fit your own adjustable suspension and save some money for race tyres. With toyota going with bmw for their next car it seems they are not best pleased with GT86.

24 June 2014

If they get it under 1200 kg it will fly and handle even better. This car never needed more torque but even less weight.

ofir

24 June 2014

GT86 is one of the most acclaimed cars in the last few years. Despite scoring winning reviews the motoring world over, only a few show on our roads.
Why so? Despite glowing tributes from all and sundry. MPG, emissions, lack of turbo power, may be some of the factors holding this car back a bit?
Sharing technology with BMW could assist Toyota to overcome the issue of perceived economy/efficiency that matters more than its fair share in Europe.

24 June 2014

Because too many people think a sporty car is one with enormous wheels and stupid low profile tyres and big bhp and a bone hard ride...

25 June 2014

Top speed will be definitely less than 140mph with that wing if it has same power.

25 June 2014

As I own one, I think I'm qualified enough to stress that what the GT86 really needs IS more torque. Of course, less weight would help in acceleration, but would do little to improve the elasticity. Fifty bhp more power and 100 kg less weight: that would clinch it.

25 June 2014

But how will you get that without turbo lag? Only by enlarging the engine to something like 2.2 in my opinion. Fitting a charger would change the nature and the point of the car completely.

ofir

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