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Hey everyone,

I have just joined the forum as I am looking to buy a GT86 and wanted to get a bit of an insight from current owners, especially in the power department. I've had a read through the "What to look for when buying a used GT86/BRZ"

I am currently driving a Honda Integra DC5, (mostly stock with a few basic mods) which has been a fantastic car, but I've had her for about 5 years now and looking to make a change. I have been looking around, and the mixture of great looks, quality handling and a well balanced car seems to be exactly what I'm looking for which lead me straight to the 86. I am searching for a TRD model, mostly because of the improved airflow to the exaust, the bigger wheels to improve traction and the bigger brakes. (again this is only from what I've read so please let me know if this is true/worth the extra premium for the TRD model)

The main issue (which seems common) is power, or more specifically the torque dip. Obviously it seems a common way to sort this is with forced induction, but this is obviously a costly mod, and also puts extra stress on an engine that wasn't originally built for it. My wonder is; will increased airflow, and a re-map sort this issue out? Or should I keep an eye out for one that is already boosted? 

Also, I'm based in Cobham, Surrey and wondered if there's anyone down this way and which local garage would be good for the work? I currently take my car to TGM for any work needed as they know those cars inside and out, and looking for something with a similar feel when I get a GT86.


Thanks, and look forward to joining the squad soon!



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Hey Max

Welcome onboard!

I would say your best bet is to look for 2nd hand car and budget for new wheels and NA tuning package (decat manifold + remap).

Depending on manifold and wheels that would be £2k +.

Abbey (http://www.abbeymotorsport.co.uk) is closest specialist garage/ tuner for you (have used them several times myself, highly recommended).

Alternative is to look after club members selling modified N/A or boosted car and get it before they put it back to stock (which is pretty common). If you after boosted GT86 that would be best and most cost effective way, and many cars would have coilovers and other worthwhile upgrades.

Good luck!

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Welcome. :)

The TRD model is the same as the standard car excepting bigger wheels and a bodykit. It does not come with bigger brakes, they are standard brakes. The TRD is a stock factory car with bodykit, wheels and a catback exhaust applied when it lands in the UK. I'm not really convinced the TRD is worth a lot more than a stock car. If you like the bodykit go for it. But really that's it. Performance wise it's a stock car. 

The Aero has 18" wheels too. 

For the rest what @VAD17 said. :)

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