Building it on the TNGA platform is a good thing. Now that the GR Yaris has broken cover with 257 hp, the "more than 255 hp" sounds more than a bit lame, but probably par for the course for Toyota.
If Toyota is worried about infringing upon the 4-cylinder Supra in Japan with the 86, we can, likely, look forward to a less optimized second generation 86 from a power perspective, even though the turbo motor from the Ascent could easily handle 300 hp
If the Yaris and the 86 wind up with the same level of power when, in theory, the 86 is above the Yaris in the company's sports car pecking order, what does that tell you? More Tada BS for the masses.
Looks like I'm moving to CO and I'm going to go ahead and guess my CTS-V isn't going to be a great winter car. With that said, I'd love to do a more or less even trade for an SUV that gets the winter duty done. My priorities would be tech (GPS, audio, etc) and comfort. Not terribly concerned...