2013 Toyota GT 86 by Romeo Ferraris

We haven’t seen or heard a lot from Romeo Ferraris in quite a while, but even though the tuning company has kept quiet since it introduced its program for the Fiat 500 Abarth Cinquone Stradale last year, it’s hard to completely forget about these guys, especially with its reputation as one of Italy ’s finest aftermarket companies.

But now, Romeo Ferraris is back and it marked its return with an impressive program for one of the most popular sports cars in recent history: the Toyota GT 86 .

In some ways, it’s the perfect car for Romeo Ferraris can get its hands on. In its standard guise, the GT 86 looks every bit of a sports car, yet it somehow lacks the powerful performance credentials that its distinct and sporty style deserves.

That noticeable shortage of power is why aftermarket companies like Romeo Ferraris love the GT 86; they can put their imprint on it without comprising the overall characteristics of the Japanese sports car and do so in a way that gives the 86 that much needed boost in engine output.

That’s where Romeo Ferraris comes into the picture. Using a new supercharger, an intercooler and a subsequent ECU remapping, the Italian automaker was able to churn up 258 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque worth of output form the car’s 2.0-liter inline-four engine, a significant uptick in power from the stock 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

Romeo Ferraris didn’t release the performance numbers, but with these upgrades, it’s not far out of the imagination to think that this GT 86 is now capable of hitting 60 mph in 6.5 seconds to go with a top speed of about 140 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about Romeo Ferrari’s program for the Toyota GT 86

Toyota GT 86 by Romeo Ferraris

Toyota GT 86 by Romeo Ferraris

Romeo Ferraris didn’t do a whole lot in adding new aero components to the GT 86. Instead, they kept the car’s exterior looks largely unchanged and focused most of its attention on improving that 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine.

Toyota GT 86 by Romeo Ferraris

This is where all the magic happens. Romeo Ferraris’ work on the GT 86’s engine involved the installation of a supercharger and an intercooler to go with an ECU remap.

Toyota GT 86 by Romeo Ferraris

The Toyota GT 86 still looks positively sexy for a "budget sports car".

Toyota GT 86 by Romeo Ferraris

Welcome back to the show, Romeo Ferraris. Heck of a way to make your return.

2013 Toyota GT 86

Toyota GT 86

The Toyota GT 86 first appeared as a concept at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and the production version followed two years later at the same show.

The new GT 86 is based on an entirely new platform and features a low, highly aerodynamic body shell. It is powered by the same engine as its Subaru sibling, the BRZ — a 2.0-liter, naturally-aspirated gasoline engine that delivers a total of 200 horsepower. This engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

On the U.S. market the model is sold as the Scion FR-S and is priced at $24,930.


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