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.