The 2022 Toyota GR 86: New Looks, More Power
April 05, 2021 – Last November brought the newest iteration of the BRZ from Subaru, and now five months later, Toyota has released its friendly competitor, the Toyota GR 86. For those unfamiliar with the new letters added to the 86, GR stands for Gazoo Racing, the company’s motorsport/performance brand. Following the GR Supra and GR Yaris, the new GR 86 is the third global model in Toyota Gazoo Racing’s GR series of sports cars.
Nine years and 200,000 86s later, the car has become synonymous with a variety of motorsports, including rallies, gymkhana, dirt trials and more, while others have been uniquely customized to fit the needs of the customer — ahem, forced induction. Toyota surpassed their goal of delivering the dreams and the joy of driving inherent in sports cars to its customers through its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicles. A platform capable of intuitive handling and instinctive responsiveness has made for an incredible driver’s car.
Moving back to the friendly competition, Subaru and Toyota jointly developed the 86/BRZ platform, although the two vehicles focus on separate features to give the ultimate driving experience to the customer. This new business and capital alliance between Toyota and Subaru is only the beginning of a beautiful relationship. It’s hard to see where they can go wrong judging by the reliability of each brands cars and their deep roots in motorsports.
The new Toyota GR 86 is everything it has been, plus a bit more. Toyota has continued the same recipe with the GR 86 that it used for the original 86 — a 2+2 rear-wheel-drive coupe. However, Toyota has stepped it up when it comes to performance, throwing in an evolutionary new 2.4-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine in place of the old 2.0-liter. The increase in power significantly reduces the GR 86’s 0-60 times, dropping the time for the previous model of 7.4 seconds to just 6.3 seconds. Responsiveness has also been enhanced, providing a smooth, stress-free ride through the rpm range.
Lowering the center of gravity was also an extremely important goal Toyota set out to achieve. The use of an aluminum roof panel results in a lower center of gravity, while aluminum fenders, updated front seats, and new mufflers all contribute to reduced weight. Body rigidity has also been improved in the GR 86, with the goal of delivering increased handling in all speed ranges.
Diving into aerodynamics, the GR 86 features aerodynamic components seen on 86 models that have participated in motorsport events, including air outlets, side sill spoilers, and other parts that significantly improve steering responsiveness and stability.
Overall, the new Toyota GR 86 is going to deliver an improved driving experience over the previous generation, while continuing to be an ultimate driver’s car. There’s no turbocharged version yet, but who knows what to expect in the future! While no price tag has been announced, the new GR 85 is scheduled to launch later this year most likely near the $30,000 mark.