When Subaru debuted the second-generation BRZ sometime last year, everyone eagerly awaited the arrival of its twin from Toyota. Well, that day has arrived as the Japanese carmaker unveiled the next-generation Toyota GR 86 earlier this week.
Naturally, the outside looks pretty much like the BRZ, save for a few minor details. The most notable of these is the grille up front, which is more aggressive than that of the Subie. The same goes for the cabin, which gets different upholstery and GR (Gazoo Racing) badges.
Just like the BRZ, the new GR 86 gets a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated flat-4 engine that develops 232bhp and 184lb-ft of torque. This motor is mated to either a 6-speed manual or an automatic with the same number of cogs.
Those who know their 86 will note that these numbers are an improvement over the previous model’s figures. This translates to a 0-100km/h time of 6.3 seconds—again up by 1.1 ticks.
Besides straight line performance, Toyota says that the new GR 86 is more responsive in terms of steering and handling. Weight is kept in check with the use of aluminum on the roof and fenders, equating to 1,270kg for the MT model.
The front McPherson strut and rear Double Wishbone setup, matched with 215/40R18 rubber and a lower center of gravity, make for improved handling in the corners and stability on the straights.
With the first-generation Toyota 86 solidifying its reputation as an affordable everyday sportscar, the second iteration looks to continue this with its no frills specs and driving dynamics. You can even test drive it virtually via the latest installment of Gran Turismo Sport on PlayStation 4 and 5.
Expect to see the Toyota GR 86 hit the scene beginning in the 3rd quarter of this year.