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Toyota unveils new GR 86 sports coupe with Gazoo badge

Toyota unveils new GR 86 sport...
The 2022 Toyota GR 86 debuts with several upgrades to improve performance without
The 2022 Toyota GR 86 debuts with several upgrades to improve performance, without jacking up the price
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The 2022 Toyota GR 86 debuts with several upgrades to improve performance without
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The 2022 Toyota GR 86 debuts with several upgrades to improve performance, without jacking up the price
While maintaining the original intent and design of the 86/BRZ, the 2022 Toyota GR 86 redesign brings upgraded styling and aggressiveness
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While maintaining the original intent and design of the 86/BRZ, the 2022 Toyota GR 86 redesign brings upgraded styling and aggressiveness
The integrated spoiler on the 2022 Toyota GR 86 comes with the Premium upgrade package
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The integrated spoiler on the 2022 Toyota GR 86 comes with the Premium upgrade package
"The magic of the classic AE-86 was in its famously responsive handling and throttle," says Toyota
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"The magic of the classic AE-86 was in its famously responsive handling and throttle," says Toyota
The 2022 Toyota GR 86 weighs only 2,800 lb (1,270 kg) at the curb
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The 2022 Toyota GR 86 weighs only 2,800 lb (1,270 kg) at the curb
Vents at the wheel wells and fenders of the 2022 Toyota GR 86 help with high-performance handling
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Vents at the wheel wells and fenders of the 2022 Toyota GR 86 help with high-performance handling
Officially endorsed by Gazoo Racing, the 2022 Toyota GR 86 comes with a one-year National Auto Sport Association membership
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Officially endorsed by Gazoo Racing, the 2022 Toyota GR 86 comes with a one-year National Auto Sport Association membership
Cabin enhancements in the 2022 Toyota GR 86 bring it out of the relative dark ages
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Cabin enhancements in the 2022 Toyota GR 86 bring it out of the relative dark ages
A six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission are available in the 2022 Toyota GR 86
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A six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission are available in the 2022 Toyota GR 86
Rear seating folds down for added trunk access in the 2022 Toyota GR 86
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Rear seating folds down for added trunk access in the 2022 Toyota GR 86
The virtual instrument cluster in the 2022 Toyota GR 86 has three drive mode displays, including a track-focused option (shown here)
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The virtual instrument cluster in the 2022 Toyota GR 86 has three drive mode displays, including a track-focused option (shown here)
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Sport car purists have loved the Toyota 86 (formerly the Scion FR-S) and the Subaru BRZ twins for years. Simple, driver-centric, and fun, these low-cost sports cars have been mainstays in enthusiast forums. Now, a new generation of the cars debuts.

Subaru debuted the 2022 BRZ model in November of 2020, and now Toyota has followed up with the debut of the GR 86. The "GR" stands for Gazoo Racing, a company which has fully endorsed the car, having had a strong part in its design.

Updates for the Toyota 86 are much like those that debuted on its Subaru BRZ twin, with front and rear frame reinforcements for increased rigidity, functional exterior air vents for steering stability at high speeds, aluminum roof panels and fenders for weight savings, and a new 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine.

The 2022 Toyota GR 86 weighs only 2,800 lb (1,270 kg) at the curb
The 2022 Toyota GR 86 weighs only 2,800 lb (1,270 kg) at the curb

The horizontally opposed four-cylinder (Boxer-style) engine, made by Subaru, increases power to 228 horsepower (from 205) and torque from 156 to 184 lb ft (170 kW and 248 Nm). The power upgrades come from increased bore sizes, changes to intake and exhaust, and optimized fuel injection. A six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic are both available.

The new engine and configuration means that the 2022 Toyota 86 has much-improved 0-60 mph (92 km/h) sprint times. Where those used to be 7 seconds (manual trans) and 8 seconds (automatic), they're now 6.1 and 6.6 respectively.

Toyota will offer the GR 86 in two trim levels and seven exterior colors. A rear duckbill spoiler and other tweaks are found on the higher trim level option. New seating options and leather appointments are also available.

Key to the technology updates for the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are the addition of digital displays that offer task-specific drive mode outputs for normal driving, sport driving, and track driving.

As part of Toyota's partnership with Gazoo Racing, every 2022 Toyota 86 will come with a one-year membership to the National Auto Sport Association for access to high-performance driving events and sanctioned races. Toyota is also including a no-cost maintenance plan.

The 2022 Toyota GR 86 goes on sale later in 2021. Pricing and other specifications will be released prior to then.

Source: Toyota

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8 comments
8 comments
WB
how anyone would consider anything else but a tesla model 3 performance is beyond me. once you have driven one of those, realize your gas costs now half, it being the savest car on the road, getting monthly updates that improve the car, acceleration that runs circles around anything else... seriously I don't even know why others keep cranking out these ICE dinosaurs.
WB
or even the standard model... is 1.5s faster
danBran
6 speed manual transmission
DavidB
@WB, the reason I passed on the Model 3 is that it's boring looking, and I pretty much NEVER need the full acceleration of my own EV, much less that of a Tesla.

The real appeal of this (despite my dedication to EV tech, having driven nothing else for over six years, now) is that it's a small, two-door, two-seat sports car...not as good looking (IMO) as the previous body style, but infinitely preferable to yet another frickin' SUV.
DavidB
P.S. If they offered this with an electric motor with a range of anything over 200 miles and DCFC capability, I'd trade my EV for one in a heartbeat.
Catweazle
WB, come back to me when you can put 500+miles' worth of juice in your souped-up hair drier in less than three minute and carry a gallon can of spare electrons in the boot for those unforeseen events when either you or some other unfortunate are caught short.
And how long do you think you'll get away without paying tax at the same or higher rates then fossil fuel?
There's more to life than the 0-60 time, my friend!
As to being the safest car on the road, just wait until it catches fire!
Kevin Ritchey
Just don’t boost the prices and it might work. Boost the engine with a turbo and watch it sell.
ljaques
I'm with WB. And gassing up in minutes doesn't count unless you also included the days and dollars spent in the shop for maintenance. Elon still wins. Still, those four-fires-per-billion-tesla-miles-driven still beats everyone, not just VW. I've seen 7 or 8 fully engulfed VW bugs and buses in my lifetime, but no Teslas. And a Model 3 could kick-start a thousand pacemakers.