Japanese magazine Best Car has obtained some juicy details about a range-topping Toyota GT86 version.

Japanese magazine Best Car has obtained some juicy details about a range-topping Toyota GT86 version.

We know for a fact Toyota is planning some changes to spice up the GT86 as prototypes have been spotted 'Ring testing a couple of times. A recent report indicates there are some big upgrades planned as the model will allegedly be getting a hotter version replacing the rear-wheel drive setup with an AWD arrangement.

In addition, the GT86 is expected to get a four-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine built by Subaru so it's likely the same unit installed in the 2015 WRX STI where it churns 305 bhp (227 kW) and 290 lb-ft (393 Nm) of torque. In the uprated GT86, the engine will develop up to 300 bhp (224 kW) sent to both axles through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Judging by the spy photos we posted several months ago, Toyota is also planning some lightweight body parts made from carbon fiber along with a sizeable fixed rear wing. It should be mentioned the car's chief engineer Tetsuya Tada already announced the updated GT86 will have new intake and exhaust systems developed in collaboration with Gazoo Racing.

The facelifted GT86 will go on sale in 2015 but Toyota could decide to show it before the end of this year.

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