Blow by blow
IT’S what an eager enthusiast demands. Supercharging perfectly fulfils the performance potential of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ.
The bolt-on kit— one of a handful of performance upgrades from global aftermarket suppliers— comes from WA under the Bullet label and lifts rear-wheel torque by about 60 per cent and power by 40 per cent.
From birth, the 86 promised exotic-car poise and balance for $10 shy of $30,000 and guaranteed smiles but its 2.0-litre (147kW/205Nm) is the weak link for owners wanting to match image with grunt.
Supercharging aims to flatten the inconsistent, rollercoaster torque curve of the standard engine that includes weakness at low revs and a black hole’’ from 3500-4500rpm.
Bullet manufacturer Sprintex claims the dyno shows peak outputs of 175kW/245Nm compared with the standard engine’s wheel output of 120kW/190Nm. But more power is just a new exhaust system away, says Sprintex managing director Steve Apedaile, who handed over the test car that is identical to a stock 86 GT manual except for the bolt-on blower and its integrated intercooler. He says the new exhaust should add another 10 per cent to the power and torque gains.
The blower is one of the latest add-ons to the blankcanvas appeal of the 86 GT and is priced at $4990 plus installation, a few thousand dollars less than the popular
Toyota’s 86 GT gets a handy power boost