It was originally developed to deliver the dreams and joy of driving sports cars to its customers. The Toyota 86, conceived as a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle with intuitive handling and instinctive responsiveness, has been utilized as base models for a variety of participatory motorsports. Following the GR Supra and GR Yaris, the new GR 86 is the third global model in TGR’s GR series of sports cars.
The recent alliance between Toyota and Subaru has made the brands determined in making ever-better cars. The new GR 86/BRZ is not only a concrete example of this commitment, but also represents a new challenge for both companies. While engaging in friendly rivalry with the BRZ development team, TGR sought to develop a vehicle that would provide happiness to 86 fans, and realize an evolution of the 86’s unique driving sensations. As a result, the new GR 86 is specially designed for sports performance, and provides direct and satisfying driving performance of the highest order.
With fender tops that extend horizontally to the beltline, the GR 86 boasts a stance distinctive of front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicles. Its low, horizontal underbody and narrow cabin rear combine to create a broad, low-center-of-gravity appearance.
The front of the vehicle features the GR-specific Functional MATRIX Grille, which fuses performance and emotionality.
The operating system―which includes the various switches and the horizontally-accented instrument panel―is optimally located to create a space that enables the driver can concentrate on driving.
Sporting a lightweight, compact engine with a low center-of-gravity in line with previous iterations, the GR 86 increases its displacement size from 2.0 to 2.4L. Still naturally aspirated, the horizontally opposed four-banger produces 228bhp at 7,000 rpm and 250Nm of torque at 3,700 rpm. The engine delivers improved driving performance as a consequence, achieving 0-100 kmph acceleration in just 6.3 seconds―down from the 7.4 seconds of the outgoing model. Engine responsiveness has also been enhanced, providing smooth, stress-free sensations from low to high rpms.
Because the GR 86 continues to use a flat-four engine, which lays the cylinders down flat rather than vertically as in the far more common inline-four format, its hood stays very low. The dimensions of the new GR 86 are almost identical to the previous model. Limiting both the overall height and hip-point of the vehicle helps lower the center-of-gravity and enhance turning performance, and so delivering the agility required of an 86.
The use of aluminum for the roof panels results in a lower center-of-gravity, while aluminum fenders and updated front seats and mufflers contribute to reduced weight. Body rigidity has been improved, with the goal of offering pleasurable handling in all speed ranges―from urban driving to the upper limits of performance.
While India launch isn’t on the cards, it’s good to see Toyota’s affordable sports coupe live for a second-generation alongside its Subaru twin.