2022 Toyota GR86 revealed – rear-wheel drive coupe reimagined
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2022 Toyota GR86 revealed – rear-wheel drive coupe reimagined

The Toyota GR86 is back for a new generation, with a bigger 2.4-litre engine and revamped chassis

As night follows day, so Toyota’s new GR86 follows last year’s reveal of Subaru’s new BRZ. Unlike the Subaru the new GR86 will be brought over to the UK, and join Toyota’s range as the third member of its GR performance brand, hence the name change from GT86.

Japanese twins, Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ
Japanese twins, Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZToyota

Toyota’s details are pretty thin on the ground, but we do know at 4.4 metres long and 1.7 metres wide the new Toyota GR86 retains the compact dimensions of the car it replaces. At 1270kg the GT86’s replacement is just under 50kg heavier, with the use of aluminium for the roof and doors key to keeping the kerb weight as low as possible along with the centre of gravity.

MacPherson struts are once again used for the front suspension, with double wishbones at the rear. It’s yet to be confirmed if the standard dampers will still be Showa units, or if the GT86’s optional Sachs units will become the default choice. Toyota has confirmed that torsion rigidity is up by “more than 50 percent.”

Conventionally design rear
Conventionally design rearToyota

Brakes for European specification GR86s are also undecided, but there is a strong possibility that the GT86’s optional Brembo units will be standard. For the GR86 heel size has also grown an inch to 18, with the tyre the same width at 215 but the profile dropping from a 45 to 40.

Continuing its collaboration with Subaru means the new Toyota GR86 will share the same flat-four ‘boxer’ engine that will also feature in the new BRZ. Therefore, capacity grows to 2387cc (up from 1998cc) and the Toyota's torque and power outputs are expected to match that of the recently announced BRZ, which produces 228bhp and 250Nm of torque (an increase of 31bhp and 45Nm over the GT86). The resulting 182bhp/ton is a marked improvement over the outgoing car’s 164bhp/ton, with a claimed 6.3sec 0-100kmph time (down from 7.6sec).

2.4-litre boxer engine
2.4-litre boxer engineToyota

Both, a six-speed manual and an automatic transmission will be offered, although Toyota Europe has yet to confirm if both units will be offered in the UK.

In terms of looks, Toyota has given the GR86 a thorough nip and tuck rather than a comprehensive makeover, so it retains its long bonnet, shoot tail proportions with a few more curves replacing the straight edges of its predecessor. Crucially the interior has seen more attention spent on it, with new materials for the surfacing, a new 7-inch TFT instrument display and a new infotainment system.

Cabin packs more features
Cabin packs more featuresToyota

The GR 86 is expected to cost around EUR 35,000 (Rs 31 lakh, before taxes and duties) in Europe. There no word on the arrival of the GR 86 in India, however, there are plenty of rumours going around that Toyota is considering to bring the Mk4 Supra to India as a CBU.

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