A successor to the very successful GT 86, the 2022 Toyota GR 86 aims to better its predecessor in nearly every aspect!
In an online event held together with Subaru, Toyota has unveiled the newest GR sports car on the block – the GR 86 – that joins the GR Supra & GR Yaris in the Japanese marque's latest sports car line-up. The current model shown is only the Japan-spec version that will go on sale in Autumn this year. As for Subaru, they will continue to sell the same car under the BRZ moniker (second-generation). The GT86, which is the GR 86's predecessor, has sold nearly 2,00,000 units worldwide since its debut in 2012. Therefore, the new car has some pretty big shoes to fill.
Barring the obvious styling changes front & back, the most significant change on the front-engined, rear-wheel-drive coupé comes in the form of an uprated & upsized motor. The Japan-spec version features a bigger Subaru-sourced 2.4-litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder petrol engine that still remains naturally aspirated. The new unit pumps out 232bhp & 250Nm of torque, compared to the previous 2.0-litre unit's 197bhp & 205Nm of torque in the GT86. Thanks to these gains, the GR 86 reaches 100km/h in 6.3 seconds – 1.1 seconds quicker than its predecessor. Customers in Japan will also have a choice of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Though the GR 86 remains virtually identical to the GT86 in terms of size, Toyota claims the former offers better body rigidity and improved torsional rigidity by up to 50%. Plus, thanks to the use of aluminium in its roof and fenders, the GR 86 tips the scales at 1,270kgs – 5kgs less than the GT86. The weight-saving has also been aided by the use of lighter front seats and a tweaked muffler assembly.
The GR 86 also gets a couple of motorsport-inspired aerodynamic upgrades to help with the overall efficiency figures & handling characteristics.