Portuguese automotive press is saying that Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of the Toyobaru project, revealed first hand that the GT86 will have high performance hybrid version
GT86 will have high performance hybrid version
November 9, 2012 09:36
Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of Toyota sports models revealed first hand to Autohoje that the most awaited powerful version of the Toyota GT86 will have a hybrid powertrain. This is a new technology, which has nothing to do with that used in Prius. Tada-san confirmed that Toyota is developing two new generations of hybrid systems: one for family and one for sport models. While not giving many details, he confirmed that a hybrid GT86 is already rolling in tests in Japan, which implies a release before 2015. The Japanese brand engineer suggested that the GT86 hybrid might have a system of super-capacitors, which follows the principle used by the brand in the Endurance World Championship (WEC). This hybrid GT86's power output was not revealed but it is expected to have more than 250 hp.
After the Toyota GT86, the brand is preparing a range of three sport models: one cheaper than the GT86 and one more expensive. Remember that the brand has signed an agreement with BMW that covers precisely a joint project of sport models and hybrid systems.