Blow by blow

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - NEIL DOWLING neil.dowling@cars­

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

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