Not too long ago, an interesting Toyota GT86 prototype was spied testing on the Nurburgring and now it has emerged that the Japanese marque could be planning a turbocharged GT86 variant to top out the model range.

According to 4WheelsNews, the new Toyota GT86 variant will utilise a 2.5-litre turbocharged flat-four engine from Subaru rather than the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-pot currently used. This new powertrain should pump out 300 hp and come mated with a paddle shift equipped eight-speed automatic transmission.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a suggestion that this potent GT86 variant could adopt all-wheel drive in favour of the popular rear-wheel drive setup currently used.

From a visual standpoint, the model is likely to receive a number of aerodynamic changes as previewed by recent prototypes. As a result, we expect to see a new set of lightweight sports wheels, a new bonnet with a prominent scoop feeding the top-mounted intercooler, a large carbon fibre rear wing as well as a carbon fibre roof and bootlid to keep the centre of gravity as low as possible.

Beyond the engine and visual changes, this new Toyota GT86 version will likely feature adjustable track-tuned suspension as well as upgraded brakes.

As a reminder, the current Toyota GT86/FRS/BRZ trio all deliver the same 197 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque from Subaru’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine.

[Via 4WheelsNews]

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