The all-new 2022 Toyota GR 86 has finally been unveiled in Japan. The successor to the 86 has been teased by Toyota Gazoo Racing and Subaru over a week ago and it’s the third high-performance vehicle to ever come out of Gazoo Racing after the GR Supra and GR Yaris.
As expected, the GR 86’s styling is similar to the Subaru BRZ. The main difference would be in the front end, which looks sharper and sportier compared to its Subie brother. This is thanks to its GR-specific “Matrix” grille, which Toyota says is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
The dimensions of the new GR 86 are almost identical to the previous model. Limiting both the overall height and hip-point of the vehicle helps lower the center-of-gravity and enhance turning performance. In addition, the use of aluminum for the roof panels results in a lower center-of-gravity, while aluminum fenders and updated front seats and mufflers contribute to reduced weight.
Just like the Subaru BRZ, body rigidity has been improved, with the goal of offering pleasurable handling in all situations. Torsional rigidity has been enhanced by approximately 50 percent over the previous model for greater steering stability.
The interior of the Toyota GR 86 is, unsurprisingly, similar to the Subaru BRZ. Drivers are also greeted by a 7-inch TFT screen. Its opening animation sequence is inspired by the piston movements of the GR 86’s horizontally opposed engine and is able to display various information such as a g-force meter.
Similarly, the Toyota GR 86 gets a new, bigger and more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 235 hp and 2560 Nm of torque. Featuring Toyota’s D-4S direct and port fuel injection, it’s basically the same engine found in the Subaru Ascent (Evoltis) albeit without the turbocharger. As a result of the added power, 0-100 kph now happens in 6.3 seconds, which is 1.1 seconds faster than the previous 86.
As with the previous 86, drivers can opt for a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. Regardless of transmission choice, both models are fitted with a limited-slip differential (LSD). However, one feature unique to the automatic models Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist technology, which includes automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, just to name a few.
The 2022 Toyota GR 86 will go on sale in Japan in fall 2021.