Toyota GT 86 Powered by a 4.1-Liter GT-R VR38 Engine

Published July 18, 2016

The Toyota GT 86 is becoming the vehicle of choice by tuners that it was designed to be. Recently, we have gotten wind of some pretty insane engine swaps that are in development or recently completed.


Pro-drifter Ryan Tuerck recently posted a video of his latest swap, putting a 4.5-liter V8 engine from a Ferrari 458 into a Toyota GT-86. The engine from the Ferrari produces 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque and one two different categories of the prestigious 2011 International Engine of the Year awards.

Meanwhile, in Australia, there is a project underway to add a 4.1-liter V6 GT-R engine into the Toyota GT 86. Yes, there is yet another project underway to add a 3.8-liter engine from R35 but this particular project is a 4.1-liter engine, an altogether larger engine. As a result, it can be considered a first.


This particular project goes back to 2012 with the purchase of a Toyota 86 by StreetFX. A year later, modifications began in earnest with a Rocket Bunny body kit. This was one of the first in Australia. However, this kit was different in that the entire fender is mounted onto the car rather than being bolted onto the existing fenders.

For awhile, the owners made due with a twin-charge system for extra power. This is a combination of a supercharger at lower rpms and a turbo at higher rpms to provide boost across the entire range of operation. However, the guys at StreetFX were not satisfied with the 545 rear wheel horsepower put out by the FA20 set up. They needed more and started taking a serious look at putting in the Nissan GT-R power plant.


The guys got to know the team at GT Auto Garage who just so happen to be distributors of HKS tuning parts in Australia. After some conversations, the decision was made to install a 4.1-liter HKS Stroker complete with a GT1000 HKS Symmetrical Turbine kit.

There are some clearance issues that are being addressed. The engine from the GT-R, the VR38 is longer than the old FA20 boxer engine and about twice as tall.


As you could imagine, extensive modifications are being carried out. Dailey Engineering was helpful in removing the front differential from the GT-R and installing a dry-sump engine. This reduced the height of the VR38 V-6 engine by 150 mm or 6 inches.

The transmission is also modified as well. It is now sequential and has been matched to an air-paddle shifter kit. As a result, this thing should be incredibly fast and fun when it is completed.



Calvin Escobar
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The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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