Cosworth readies 380bhp Toyota GT86
New ‘Power Pack’ system will turn reasonably priced RWD wonder into a track fiend
It's part of a plan to change the way the company does tuning, ditching the focus from individual components to a complete package of upgrades.
The first of these is for the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine in the GT86/BRZ. The first stage is called, unsurprisingly, Stage 1, capable of boosting power to 230bhp.
You get a new free-flow exhaust system with an ‘overpipe' front pipe and 4-2-1 exhaust manifold with thermal coating (to reduce under-bonnet temperatures), ECU tweaks, a Cosworth performance filtration system and low temp thermostat, and even an exclusive Cossie badge and numbered plaque. Essentially, a big exhaust and a remap.
Later, Cosworth will announce further Stages, taking power to 325bhp, and eventually 380bhp for a ‘race-track' configuration. That's 380bhp from a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive coupe. That's... a lot.
"We are delivering a series of power upgrade solutions that will allow drivers to unlock the real performance potential of their vehicles," Hal Reisiger, Cosworth chief exec said.
We'll bring you more on the other upgrades as soon as we hear about them. Of course, it's not the first time we've seen a modified Toyobaru; last year we tested a supercharged, 280bhp BRZ, and found it to be really rather impressive...