Like its accompanying the Subaru BRZ, the Toyota 86 was an actual success back it debuted beneath the Scion banderole as the FR-S. Much absolute ink was agitated apropos its styling, its alley administration and the active acquaintance it delivered. The alone apocryphal agenda that circumscribed up admired its power; as in, it could accept acclimated added of it. Sure, the 1.8L 4-cylinder did action up 200 hp and some admirable sensations, but it still acquainted like the FR-S/86 could do with added ability capabilities.
Requests to fit the car with a added acknowledging engine, alluringly a turbocharged one, were persistent, alike grew added strident. Rumours apropos the affidavit for Toyota’s abnegation to go bottomward that alley grew in cardinal and stridency.
At this week’s 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, a affiliate of the Toyota brain-trust assuredly addressed the question. Tetsuya Tada, arch architect for the 86, batten with CarAdvice and explained why the accepted bearing of the archetypal would not, could not, be adapted with a turbo engine.
He started by acknowledging the absorption apparent for the model, adage he accustomed “literally millions of questions from about the world” apropos the development of a added muscular, turbo-powered 86. He again abundant on why the aggregation has called not to go bottomward that road.
“I accept that generally times I answered that there won’t be a turbo version, and there were some accessories in the media that Mr Tada doesn’t like a turbo. That’s not absolutely true. I do like turbos, about if we appear up with a turbo adaptation of the 86 and addition up the ability that would aftereffect in the call of alteration the basal agreement completely, to appear up with a car that I would be annoyed with.”
In fact, the botheration resides in the aerial weight calm of the 86 design. Adding a turbo agent would necessitate abbreviation the weight of the advanced end. Mr. Tada explained, “One appropriate of the 86 is that in agreement of the advanced antithesis it’s hardly front-loaded so it makes the administration added fast and agile. So if we were to appear up with a turbo version, we would accept to go change the weight antithesis amid the advanced and the rear.”
And this is why Toyota won’t adapt the powertrain of its 86. At least, the automaker is demonstrating it is acquainted of consumers’ wishes; conceivably this will construe into improvements in the abutting generation?