Would you rather: 4A-GE-powered GR86 or FA24-powered AE86?

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jan 12, 2024 | AE86, 4age, gr86, Discussion, FA24

Photograph Courtesy Toyota

The AE86 Toyota Corolla is the stuff of legends, and the GR86 does well to carry on that sporting legacy–but what about their engines? Which one is the better option?

So, would you rather have a GR86 powered by a 4A-GE, or an AE86 powered by a FA24?

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Comments
David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/12/24 11:36 a.m.

4AGE all things. 

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/12/24 12:12 p.m.

FA24-powered AE86, power-to-weight ratio dictates it. You'd have to get on the forefront of solving the oil starvation problem, but on the plus side the engines are still in production so you won't have to choose between hunting down rare antique 4AGE bits and forking over fat stacks of cash for new small-batch aftermarket substitutes.

j_tso
j_tso Dork
1/12/24 1:14 p.m.

In reply to GameboyRMH :

I was thinking along the same lines, then I thought "why be logical?"

4AGE GR86 for me.

Bobster
Bobster GRM+ Memberand New Reader
1/12/24 1:53 p.m.

In reply to j_tso :

I've had the 4AGE back before it aged out, and while sweet, it was weak in stock form. The package was delightful. All the upscale comfort and convenience details, the cool appearance, Even decent RWD dynamics, but forget about tossing out the rear on power application. Some of the Formula Atlantic engine enhancements would have been welcome, though they may have revealed other weaknesses in the package. Still, Delightful car.

kevlarcorolla
kevlarcorolla Dork
1/12/24 2:06 p.m.

I spent nearly a decade with my AE86 race car,stock'ish 4ag,supercharged 20v(gze bottom end)and turbo 16v(same gze bottom end)with quad carbs for power plants.

 Ok engine but so many better 4 cyl options 4 decades after it was designed.

 

DavyZ
DavyZ New Reader
1/12/24 2:43 p.m.

I'll take the AE-86 and then swap in something that makes sense to me.  The older car is harder to obtain, all things being equal and that's my rationale.

Msterbee
Msterbee Reader
1/12/24 3:14 p.m.

K24-powered GR86?  laugh

Driven5
Driven5 PowerDork
1/12/24 3:28 p.m.

So now people think the GRZ would be better with less hp and tq?

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/12/24 3:43 p.m.

Can I get a BRZ with an FA24?  If anyone is unhappy with theirs and wants to give it away, I will give it a home.

Msterbee
Msterbee Reader
1/12/24 4:20 p.m.

I changed my mind. The most logical engine choice/change for the GR86 would be for Toyota to drop the GR Corolla turbo 3-cylinder in it. A 300HP GR86 from the factory would get my checkbook out very quickly. 

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