Less than five months after Subaru presented its new budget sports car BRZ, Toyota is now following suit with its sister model. However, the GT86 is now becoming the GR 86. Toyota was able to sell more than 200,000 copies of the first generation worldwide. The successor is intended to achieve improvements on all fronts without watering down the basic puristic recipe.
In order not to let the weight get out of hand, aluminum is used for the roof and the fenders. A few pounds were also found on the front seats and the silencers. The Japanese pride themselves on having built the lightest four-seater coupé in the segment, although the segment of compact four-seater coupés is now quite manageable. It should be a total of 1,270 kilos.
Toyota also promises a 50 percent increase in torsional rigidity and the retention of a low center of gravity “for increased agility”. The external dimensions of the car have remained almost the same. The GR 86 is 4.27 meters long, 1.78 meters wide, and 1.31 meters high. The wheelbase is 2,575 mm.
One of the main criticisms of the old GT86 was the tired 2.0-liter suction boxer with its 200 hp and the somewhat fragile 205 Nm torque. The new one won’t be a real rocket either, but it should go better. The displacement increases to 2.4 liters, the output to 235 hp at 7,000 rpm and 250 Nm at 3,700 rpm. Toyota also promises better responsiveness.
A six-speed manual gearbox transmits the power to the rear wheels as standard, and six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The 0-100 km / h value drops by 1.1 to 6.3 seconds.
Also, Toyota prides itself on aerodynamic improvements that they want to have carried over from the model’s motorsport commitment to series production. These include the air inlets in the front and the new side skirts. The manufacturer expects the GR 86 to be the best in its class for handling and stability.
The chassis consists of a MacPherson setup on the front axle and a double-wishbone axle at the rear. There are 18-inch models with 215/40 tires ex-works. The rubbers remain narrow, which should further secure the GR 86 its nimbus as easy-to-use drifting.
It is easy to see that the GR 86 once again forges the closest bonds with the Subaru BRZ. The exterior design is once again almost identical. The biggest difference between the two can be seen in the front grille, which is a little more aggressive on the Toyota and is strongly reminiscent of that of the GR Yaris. Another differentiating feature seems to be the LED headlights, which look a little different from the Subaru twin.
Toyota GR 86 2022 Interior
Another déjà vu awaits in the interior. It too can hardly be distinguished from that of the BRZ. The only changes seem to be the slightly changed seat cushions and the GR logo on the steering wheel. Nothing new, however, on the infotainment front. We see the familiar 8-inch central screen and a 7-inch digital instrument display. Ventilation nozzles, all switches, buttons, and pedals are also taken over unchanged. In the automatic model, this also applies to Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance technology.
Alongside the GR Yaris and GR Supra, the new 86 is the third Toyota sports car with the Gazoo Racing prefix. The lineup will be supplemented at a later date by the GR Super Sports hypercar. The market launch of the GR 86 in Japan will take place in autumn 2021. Toyota has also confirmed that the car will also come to Europe. A precise time and individual markets have not yet been named.