Americans have been clamoring for a turbocharged Toyota GT86 since the first-generation rear-drive model launched in 2012. “We want more power,” shouted multiple media outlets and fans. Toyota resisted then, and it still resists today. You won’t find a turbocharged GT86 in a Toyota showroom.
But when car customizers wanting to offer a more attractive GT86 and sports car fans wanting more power collide, you’ll inevitably get what the market wants: a turbocharged upgrade.
Only it is no longer called ‘GT86’. Launched in 2021 and now in its second generation, the new model has taken the name “GR86”, meaning it is a specialist model designed and built by Toyota’s in-house racing arm, Gazoo Racing. . And again, no, this version doesn’t have a turbo simply because Toyota wants to keep the price of this sporty coupe around $30,000 and within reach of young and more mature sports car enthusiasts, Gazoo says.
That’s why Toyota left this important modification process to the dozens of car customizers ready to install a turbo and upgrade the suspension and brakes needed for the extra power.
Enter TOM’S, one of Japan’s most well-known and respected customizers, dealing exclusively with Toyota sports cars. At the recently held Tokyo Auto Salon 2022, Japan’s largest car customization show held in mid-January at the Makuhari Messe complex just east of Tokyo, TOM’S unveiled its ‘TOM’S GR86 Turbo ”proving that fully-featured ‘complete cars’ with more power and meaner aerokits is a definite possibility.
By taking the Subaru-built 228-hp 2.4-liter boxer four-cylinder engine and attaching a turbo and intercooler to it, it boosts output to 300 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque according to a TOM’S spokesperson. . To take the car’s handling, stiffness, brakes and looks to the next level, TOM’S beefed up the frame, added height-adjustable sports suspension, larger 19-inch wheels and tires and 4-speed calipers. larger pistons with custom rotors and brake pads. But to impact the aesthetic department, TOM’S painted it bright orange, created bespoke front and rear diffusers and added a rear trunk spoiler, flared front and rear fenders and a special front bumper. .
These upgrades essentially double the GR86’s $29,000 price tag to $59,000, putting it in 382-hp 3.0-liter GR Supra and 480-hp Mustang Mach 1 territory. So, as we can see, the main reason Toyota didn’t offer an official turbocharged GR86 is to cut costs.
TOM’S has suppliers in countries such as the United States, Australia, Korea, Taiwan and Russia, but whether these custom parts will be offered to its overseas partners is still unknown.