The Toyota GT86 has managed to deliver almost what we expected now it’s finally arrived, although many have been a bit disappointed at its peaky performance and lack of out and out grunt.
There’s been much speculation that Toyota (and Subaru with the BRZ) would bite the bullet at some point and bolt on a turbo or supercharger to give the lightweight sports car a proper turn of speed.
And now Toyota’s renegade Gazoo Racing has given us an idea of what can be achieved with a bit of forced induction (actually, a fair bit of forced induction) with their Sport FR Concept of the GT 86 which gets 320bhp and 310lb/ft of torque thanks to both a turbo and a supercharger, together with upgraded suspension, brakes, exhaust and wheels.
There is no clear sign that the Gazoo GT 86 points at a production car, but the simple fact it exists and that it’s been bolted together by an official part of Toyota must auger well for the prospect of a more lively GT86 at some point.
The Gazoo GT 86 Sport FR Concept will be at the this weekend’s Nurburgring 24-hour.