The 2022 Toyota GR 86 recently debuted online, five months after the new Subaru BRZ made its official debut last year. And that got us thinking: is Toyota preparing a storm for its latest two-door sports car (to further differentiate the 86 from its BRZ platform mate)? Or is Toyota simply taking too long to launch the third and newest member of its GR (Gazoo Racing) line after the GR Supra and the magnificent GR Yaris?
First, let’s talk about the name change. Formerly called the 86, it is now officially renamed the GR 86, but is still co-developed with Subaru. Still, the 2022 Toyota GR 86 follows the same recipe as the previous model. It is still a 2 + 2 sports coupe with two doors, a rear wheel drive system and a Boxer engine in the front.
Speaking of the engine, the newest Toyota GR 86 will carry the same naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine first seen on the Subaru BRZ 2022. Toyota has yet to announce the power values, but we estimate that it will reflect the power of the BRZ engine, producing 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. And in case you’re asking, the new engine pumps 23 more horsepower and 28 more torque than the old 2.0-liter Boxer mill.
According to Toyota, the new engine offers faster responses to the accelerator pedal across the full speed range, allowing the new GR 86 to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, almost a full second faster than the previous model. As usual, a six-speed manual is standard, while a six-speed automatic remains optional. If you choose the latter, you will also have Subaru’s EyeSight security features as standard.
Toyota is the first to admit that its newest GR 86 has body dimensions almost identical to the old model, limiting the height and point of the hip to help with handling and agility. It also means keeping its architecture light, despite having a larger engine, tilting the scale to about 2,800 pounds. Helping the cause are aluminum panels and fenders to further reduce weight.
It still has a long hood, a curved roof and a very stubby rear end like the outgoing 86, but now it has new headlights, taillights and a functional Matrix front grille. Like the new Subaru BRZ, the Toyota GR 86 offers 50 percent better torsional rigidity for more agile handling.
Inside, the new GR 86 has a new 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster with a new animated startup sequence that describes the piston movements of the horizontally opposite Boxer engine. The 2022 Toyota GR 86 will go on sale in Japan this fall, with the first deliveries from the US arriving later this year. Prices and other specifications will come soon.