Toyota GT 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has revealed some new details about the upcoming high-performance variant.

Toyota GT 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has revealed some new details about the upcoming high-performance variant.

Speaking with Top Gear, Tada said "We're looking for a surprise. For example, a hybrid motor." He declined to go into specifications but said "we're looking at a next-generation hybrid" and hinted it could borrow some technology from the TS030 Hybrid Le Mans prototype. When pushed, Tada acknowledged the company is testing a GT 86 prototype with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). It remains unclear if the model is equipped with a battery or a capacitor, but Tada hinted the company wants to make the car affordable and suggested capacitors aren't cheap enough.

In related news, Tada took a swipe at the upcoming Subaru BRZ Turbo by saying "I think 300 bhp (224 kW) with a turbo and 200 g/km of CO2 would be tasteless in this day and age. And a turbo would mean the loss of the GT 86's uniqueness."