The 2023 Toyota GR86 has officially been previewed at the brand’s Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival at Clark International Speedway. The twin of the Subaru BRZ is expected to make its way to the Philippines next month, and here are some of the things you may want to know.
Seen here today is a variant that’s fitted with a 6-speed manual. You may notice that from its exterior design, the wheels look quite different from the global press photos. That’s because the GR86 you see here is from a lower variant. This could probably indicate that an automatic variant will be the more “fully-loaded” version. This is in contrast to Subaru Philippines, which offered the BRZ in the same spec, with your choice solely defined by its transmission and EyeSight suite of advanced driver-assistance tech.
As you move inside, the 2023 Toyota GR86 comes with a digital gauge cluster that mimics the silhouette of its horizontally-opposed boxer engine, as well as an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system that’s shared with the Subaru BRZ. In addition, there are also automatic climate controls, as well as fabric seats. This once again somehow confirms that a higher spec version will also make its way because the BRZ comes with leather seats as standard.
But under the hood of the GR86 is the same new 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that’s found in the BRZ, which means it’s now significantly more powerful than the previous model at 237 hp and 250 Nm of torque. This is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, with the former probably the only version to come with a limited-slip differential.
Apart from the obvious design differences from the BRZ, the Toyota GR86 has a more playful tuning to its suspension. Therefore, expect the GR86 to be easier to drift compared to the grippier nature of the BRZ.
The 2023 Toyota GR86 will debut sometime next month, with pricing and full specifications to be announced closer to its launch date.