Toyota 86: Mo' money, mo' power

2013-06-21 11:00

Local Toyota customers waited long for the 86 even though power figures were not exciting; now they can beef up their sports car with a supercharger and get 50% more power.

RGMotorsport let its first experiment loose on the track.

first told you of RGM’s supercharged plans back in March 2013 - but then the price was R75 000. Ten grand has crept on since then...

Today, three months later, the package is available to customers at R85 000 but the company is claiming a 50% power increase from 147kW to 220kW/315Nm. Since Toyota SA said the TRD version would not be coming here, this is the next option.


The conversion includes a Vortech bolt-on blower – imported from the USA in kit form - an intercooler, a Techniflow exhaust and a six-month or 20 000km warranty on all components.

Forcing the air into the intercooler is a V-3 H67BC centrifugal supercharger, designed specifically for the horizontally opposed FA20 boxer engine.

Once the conversion is done, a Unichip auxiliary engine management computer is used to remap ignition, air and fuel requirements.

RGM let the first supercharged Toyota 86 loose on Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria with SA racer Jacques ‘The Stiglet’ Joubert behind the wheel of an auto model. Stats for the day were recorded with a top speed of 258.8km/h, zero-120km/h sprint in 8.9sec and a kilometre run in 26.4sec at a speed of 205km/h.

Best lap time was 1min14.5.

RGM’s Rob Green said: “I believe we really hit the sweet spot with this conversion and it works exceptionally well. There are no sacrifices when it comes to smoothness and drivability and the power delivery is fierce without being scary.


“Drive it normally and you wouldn’t actually know it is supercharged, put your foot down and flip the paddles down a ratio or two and it really goes.

“Now we’ve finished the first auto our focus has shifted to the three-pedal version and we’ve got our eyes set on getting a sub-six 0-100km/h sprint - that’ll certainly put it in the major league as far as sports cars go.”

Zwartkops Raceway, Pretoria, 2.5km

Best lap
Toyota 86 manual -1min21.73
Toyota 86 a/t RGM Supercharged - 1min14.5

Top speed at end of main straight
Toyota 86 manual - 153.6km/h
Toyota 86 a/t RGM Supercharged - 166.2km/h

  • Kal Reegar - 2013-06-21 12:17

    So how does this affect the Toyota factory warranty?

  • Ryan MacDougall - 2013-06-21 12:55

    0 to 120 in 8.9 is hardly impressive especially if the car is running high 5 0 to 100. Please explain how it takes the car an extra 3 seconds to gain another 20kph. Better yet please get people who know about cars!!

      Greg Griffiths - 2013-06-21 14:59

      The 0-120 and 1km times are similar to a 350Z roadster and relate to a sub 6 sec 0-100, so this time I'll back the author :) Try my App located at: http://www.cpe-tech.com/ to analyze car performance.

      Nico Basson - 2013-06-21 16:07

      350Z roadster is a pig though.

  • Egor Oussov - 2013-06-21 13:11

    How will Prius tires, and standard brakes handle all these power, and if there is no warranty than buy Audi RS4 and supercharge it

  • Quinton Trout - 2013-06-21 13:15

    In Australia the same Vortech kit sells for $4890 which is equivalent to about R44 000. Only in SA will you get ripped of like this. Disgusting actually.

  • sikhumbuzok - 2013-06-21 13:38

    I would like Toyota (TMC) to test this and give it a thumbs up or thumbs down. But if TMC had to test this i doubt they would give it a thumbs coz it would imply they didnt do a good enough job to begin with. I wounder if the standard brakes, transmission and suspension does cope with a 50% power increase. Additionally, at 200 000km will this engine still be running properly or will it be chain smoking away. Its always been my philosophy that if you want a fast car buy one, but if you really wanna modify I'd say re-engineer one.

  • Quintin Smit - 2013-06-21 13:56

    not sure if i want to do this to my 86... after my SKL55AMG i really enjoy the fact that i don't have to be going 200kph to play with this car... you can throw it sideways and play at much slower/ safer speeds... more power isn't what it needs... it just needs a better driver who can appreciate the balance it already has.

  • Tlangela Ntshembo Mkhacane-Sbavhula - 2013-06-21 15:28

    R85k, I think this will only work if Toyota can put a stamp on it and have it on the 86's options list.

  • BLUESILVER2012 - 2013-06-22 07:36

    This is the same old same, RGM is not moving with the times, poeple demand an OVERALL package, not just bonehead power figures. At a "50%" power hike, say goodbye to the drivetrain...brakes...insurance...a joke...Toyota I expect will NEVER endorse this kinda of backyard "upgrade". Supercharger bolt on kits are a dime a dozen in the UK and USA and I expect this conversion to sell as well as their Chev "upgrade"...

  • Keith Monale - 2013-06-22 12:17

    I don't know I reckon it sounds good ...but only on a second hand car in about 5 years from now. The warranty will be gone anyway and the car is a good base for those who are into customization. It is something that people who prefer manufacturer backed cars will never understand BUT there are MANY people out there to whom it makes sense. RGM is not doing this because there is a lack of demand. They are a business ...these kits sell. Considering the responses above, I must say that I think this article is probably in the wrong place. If it was published at Speed and Sound, the responses would be very different indeed.

      Quintin Smit - 2013-06-22 12:59

      I can definately see the appeal of an upgrade like this... problem is it starts a cash-cade of other expenses. The 86 is tail happy with the standard engine, add more power and it's more tail happy, so you upgrade the wheels. More grip and more power means more wear on your drive train so you have to do clutch, bearings etc... not to mention you'll kill the LSD quicker not to mention the gearbox. contrary to popular belief these kinds of upgrades make the car heavier which means you'll need upgrades to the suspension and brakes pretty soon. the standard 86 has 'enough' power to make it one of the most fun cars on the road today. The only reason to increase it's power is if you are one of those guys with 'small member syndrome' who feels the need to measure his equipment against others when pulling away from the lights. This car is not a drag racer - it's for real drivers who appreciate the brilliant balance it offers. Adding more power is just going to mess with that balance and detract from the fun you can have with it. It might make the car faster, but not more fun....

      Keith Monale - 2013-06-22 18:23

      I can appreciate that Quintin. I am not saying that it is an ideal thing to do. And yes I am aware that "car tuning" ultimately leads to many other expenses down the line. But then again the article says nothing about testing. Has it been thoroughly tested? How many laps at Zwartkops and for how many kilometers? I have no idea and therefore cannot comment on reliability. All I was saying is that there are people who are deaf to all such arguments. I am not one of them ...my car is under warranty :-).

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