The all-new Toyota GR 86 world premier

Toyota GR 86 to feature more power but same dynamic handling prowess

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota GR 86
GR 86
Toyota

The all-new Toyota GR 86 recently made its global debut during an online event hosted by Toyota Gazoo Racing and Subaru Corporation. Toyota’s newest sports car becomes the third model in its global GR portfolio, joining the widely acclaimed GR Supra and GR Yaris.

 

The GR 86 inherits the essential fun-to-drive characteristics of the original GT86, which was launched in 2012 and of which 200 000 units were sold globally.

The new model is expected to be the lightest four-seater coupe in its class, thanks to weight-saving initiatives such as the use of aluminium for the roof and body panels.

 

Power is courtesy of a new, lightweight, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder engine. An increase in displacement to 2.4-litres brings a step-up in performance from the previous 2.0 litre unit. Power figures are expected to be around 173kW and 250Nm.

 

The cars dimensions are almost identical to those of its predecessor, allowing the new model to maintain a low centre of gravity for agile handling. Torsional rigidity has been increased by around 50 percent to deliver even sharper handling and steering.

Toyota Gazoo racing’s experience in motorsport has aided the development of functioning aerodynamic components for the GR 86, such as front air ducts and side-rocker panels. These will help the new model achieve expected best in class handling and stability.

 

When will it be available?

The Toyota GR 86 is set for local debut in the first quarter of 2022.