All-new Toyota GR86 hits the road

All new Toyota GR86 goes on sale in Japan ahead of its South African launch

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota GR86

The Toyota GR86 has gone on sale in Japan. The GR86 was jointly developed between Subaru and Toyota who entered into a new business and capital alliance in 2019. This alliance includes a commitment to making even better cars in new segments, including the joint development of the new Toyota bZ4X battery electric vehicle.


Both companies share a desire to continue delivering the excitement, thrill and joy of driving sports cars and have therefore engaged in the joint development of sports cars that embody the unique qualities of both companies.


While the GR86 shares the same platform as the Subaru BRZ, Toyota focused on delivering the unique driving feel of a GR vehicle, with intuitive handling and instinctive responsiveness, smooth power delivery as well as outstanding agility at the upper limits of performance.


Sporty design

Fender tops that extend horizontally to the beltline create a silhouette that highlights the appeal of a front engined, rear-wheel drive vehicle. A low horizontal underbody and narrow cabin combine to underline the width of the vehicle as well as its low centre of gravity.


Upfront it features a GR-specific functional matrix grille, which fuses performance and aesthetics. The GR86 logo has been redesigned to signify the progression from 86 to GR86.


Inside story

Inside an operating system, which includes a horizontally accented instrument panel and various switches are positioned in such a way that they enable the driver to remain focused on driving.


A Boxer meter comprises of a seven-inch colour screen and LCD gauges. The display of pertinent information is aligned with the chosen driving mode. Normal mode displays speed inside a circular tachometer, in Sports mode the edge and rings turn red and Track mode takes inspiration from motorsport with engine speed in large numbers.


Lightweight front seats use independent pads to support the body and are covered in grippy material to help occupants withstand lateral and longitudinal g-forces.


Under the bonnet

The GR86 now features a bigger 2.4-litre engine that is capable of completing the 0-100km/h sprint in just 6.3 seconds. Performance improvements can be attributed to the increased capacity, as well as a combination of direct injection and port injection as well as variable valve timing.


Improved dynamic ability

By limiting the overall height and hip point of the vehicle and by positioning the seats nearer to the centre of the vehicle, the GR86 boasts a lower centre of gravity and enhanced turning performance.


In addition body rigidity has also been improved and the GR86 has been thoroughly lightened through increased use of high-tensile steel and the adoption of aluminium body panels.



Exact dates for the South African introduction of the Toyota GR86 will be confirmed in 2022.


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