2022 Toyota GR 86 Debuts With Extra Power, Better Handling
- on April 13, 2021
- Categories: Car Reviews
Toyota has unveiled the 2022 GR 86, which is mechanically similar to the rear-wheel-drive Subaru BRZ. This second-generation model improves itself on all fronts.
Being a sports car, Toyota made sure they keep the weight of the 86 as low as possible. For this reason, they employed aluminum for the roof and fenders and made changes to the front seats and mufflers to shed weight.
Furthermore, the engineers have increased the torsional rigidity by about 50% to make the car more stable. With almost the same footprint, the 2022 Toyota GR 86 is 4,265 millimeters (167.9 inches) long, 1,775 mm (69.8 in) wide, and 1,310 mm (51.5 in) tall. It has a total wheelbase of 2,575 mm (101.3 in). With a standard six-speed manual gearbox, the 86 weighs only 1,270 kilograms (2,800 pounds). The six-speed automatic is optional.
Moving the sports coupe is a 2.4-liter gasoline engine instead of the old 2.0-liter unit. The naturally aspirated unit can pump out 232 horsepower (173 kilowatts) at 7,000 rpm and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque at 3,700 rpm. These specs could vary for different markets. By introducing a bigger engine, Toyota has made it 1.1 seconds quicker to 62 mph (100 km/h), which now takes 6.3 seconds.
Toyota says the new 2022 GR 86 is more responsive and quicker than before. The engineers have made a range of aerodynamic improvements for better stability and handling. The car now has a MacPherson strut on the front and a double-wishbone unit at the back.
The GR 86 is not only mechanically similar to the BRZ but also appears identical to it. The only difference is in design for front grilles and LED headlights.
Get inside and we find the same seven-inch digital driver's display and eight-inch infotainment as we find in the Subie.
The second-generation Toyota GR 86 will first arrive in the home market this fall. The deliveries to Australia and the USA will commence later.