It’s one of the most popular requests in enthusiast circles – more power for the Toyota 86, by plonking in a turbocharger. Sorry, but there’s no chance of that happening, in this generation at least, as reiterated by Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer for the 86 and Supra.

“When we launched 86, I got literally millions of questions from around the world of ‘when would you be launching the turbo version?’ I believe that often times I answered that there won’t be a turbo version, and there were some articles in the media that Mr Tada doesn’t like a turbo,” Tada told Australia’s CarAdvice in Geneva.

“That’s not really true. I do like turbos, however if we come up with a turbo version of the 86 and boost up the power that would result in the necessity of changing the basic configuration completely, to come up with a car that I would be satisfied with,” Toyota’s sports car guru explained.

Tada san said that the current Toyota 86 is designed to feel agile and nimble, with weight distribution adapted for its powertrain. “One characteristic of the 86 is that in terms of the front balance its slightly front loaded so it makes the handling more fast and agile. So if we were to come up with a turbo version, we would have to go change the weight balance between the front and the rear.

“That means we have to come up with a completely new platform, so it’s not about just changing or slight modification in the engine parts,” he said.

For those who feel strongly about the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ lacking power, you’ll have to wait for the next generation to see if a turbocharged engine ever happens. For the rest of us contented folk, including this easy to please pundit, let’s continue to enjoy this well-balanced driver’s car for what it is – a light and agile sports car with a revvy naturally aspirated engine that needs squeezing. Enjoy the NAs while they last!

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