IAB Report - Toyota not considering GT 86 for India

28/05/2014 - 15:17 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

The Toyota GT 86 is not considered by Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) for a launch anytime soon, sources told Indian Autos Blog. While the two-seater sportscar was showcased at the Auto Expo in February, it was merely a showcase of what it sells globally.

Toyota GT 86 Auto Expo front
The GT 86 was shown at the Auto Expo in February this year.

One of the reasons stopping Toyota from launching the car is its low ground clearance of 120 mm, which would make it quite difficult to tackle our road conditions. Toyota is unable to work around this issue, as increasing the ground clearance would alter the center of gravity of the car, which in turn will disturb the dynamics.

The other reason comes to the price of the car. A person privy to TKM's decisions told Indian Autos Blog that the GT 86 would have to be priced above the Nissan 370Z (recently discontinued) in India, if the company expects to make a profit. At this price point, the GT 86 would simply make no sense.

Toyota GT 86 Auto Expo rear three quarter
Internationally, Toyota will introduce a 2.0-liter turbo engine on the GT 86 next year.

Internationally though, Toyota will add a new engine variant on the GT 86. The 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine found in the new Lexus NX will be seen on the GT 86 sometime next year. Currently, the sportscar comes with a 2.0-liter Boxer engine producing 200 hp and 160 Nm of torque, matched either to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox.

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