We Drive The 270bhp HKS Supercharged GT86: Is The Power Worth The Premium?

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We Drive The 270bhp HKS Supercharged Is The Power Worth The Premium?

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The Toyota GT86′s limited power output has endless debate. Our man Darren is adamant that its 197bhp is than enough in a world with speed cameras, and cars that are just too fast for the real world. I can agree, but whenever I drive a GT86 I get this nagging that with such a chassis, we should at least get the of a quicker version. With a top R#038;D boss labelling prospect as unlikely. we have to on tuning companies to squeeze power out of the rear-wheel drive car.

Enter the HKS supercharged

Tuned by the European arm of the Japanese firm. we got behind the wheel of demonstrator car to see whether a little power amplifies the fun, or if it the GT86′s entertaining recipe. HKS hasn’t gone mad with the At 270bhp and 215lb/ft of torque, a reasonably modest jump. plan with this car is to the GT86 it thinks Toyota have made. The extra comes courtesy of a small supercharger, a ‘mushroom’ air filter, and exhaust. And it makes one hell of a to the driving experience.

As soon as you hit the start button, the exhaust blares into With the car warmed up and pointed at the windy B-road, I was able to the taps. As with the standard most of the action is above and once you get there, the supercharger comes on song. It’s not fast, more of a relentless as you get closer to the red line. It’s not you glance down at the speedo you notice you’re going faster than you should.

This being a tuned there are no official performance but we’d estimate the 0-62mph to be hovering around the 5.5 second At the top end, it should easily past 150mph. And while you need to give the car a decent of revs to get the best out of it, there’s a amount of extra power and lower down, so you don’t yourself dropping cogs so often to perform an overtake or up a motorway slip road.

The big though, was the suspension. Upon that this car has aftermarket with a 20mm drop, I was it to be even firmer and crashier the already stiff standard I was wrong. Very wrong.

this car cornering flatter and more composure than the GT86, the HKS Hipermax coilovers actually offer a more ride. I took our GT86 for a sighting run on the test route, and the in comfort is profound. The Hipermax is ‘shock-body adjustable’, meaning you can the height without affecting the rate or piston stroke.

HKS Europe’s supercharged GT86 sits 20mm lower the standard car

Overall, that GT86 driving experience been lost, it’s amplified. The car still inspires when you drive it, and is a fantastic to attack your favourite road. The new suspension combined the slightly wider 225 section – wrapped around a set of 18-inch wheels – means the back end is a less lively than the car with its 215 width Prius but the extra power makes antics almost as easy.

It all sounds a bit too good to be true. car seems very much the hotter GT86 we desperately from Toyota; enough to be decently fast without un-useable, while retaining fantastic drivability.

Sure though, there are issues.

The fortunately, is no biggie – the exhaust to the test car will be a little too for many, but with four systems and seven possible for the GT86 available from you’re sure to find a to suit you. Secondly, a kit this will void warranty, a mostly unavoidable of aftermarket tuning. The third is the price. Add up all the bits added to the car we and you get a figure over £10,000.

that on to the £25,000 needed to a brand new GT86, and you’re dangerously close to the price of a Porsche Cayman. That said, you don’t need to all the same boxes as this The fantastic supercharger kit on its own starts at and is a much better way to spend than dropping an extra over the standard car to get the TRD GT86 – has little more than a bodykit and bigger wheels. HKS tell us that the prices are under review, and are likely to

Toyota GT 86

Driving back home in our GT86, my mind was made up. car is leaps and bounds better just a little more and as Toyota isn’t giving us a supercharger from HKS represents an solution.

Parts prices

GT kit with F-CON engine £5940

Hi-Power Spec L £1152

Super Manifold with R-Spec: £2100

Hipermax MAX IV GT £1710

Engine oil cooler:

Rays 57 18-inch wheels:


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