Toyota has introduced the new 2022 GR 86 sports car and petrolheads worldwide are grinning from ear to ear. Seeing as to how this car is pretty rare in Singapore (and very hard to get), we can be sure this new GR86 will sell easily too, but there is one catch.
Why GR86 and not GT86?
GR stands for Gazoo Racing, with the Gazoo part of the name meaning “garage.” GR is the company’s dedicated motorsports arm and has grown to include the development of performance street cars for Toyota.
Some models under the GR umbrella include the Mark X GRMN (rear-wheel-drive, V-6-powered camry-sized car with a limited-slip differential and a six-speed manual), GR version of the Toyota CHR, the GR86 sports car that we’re talking about right now, and of course the GR Yaris.
If you’ve only heard of the GR86 and GR Yaris, that’s okay. The Mark X GRMN and the GR CHR are Japan only models.
Wait, what about TRD?!
TRD Stands for Toyota Racing Development, and it’s Toyota’s tuning and racing arm that takes regular models and turns them into proper off-roaders. And since we’re talking about off roaders, I think I don’t have to mention the models under the TRD badge since they’ll be as foreign to Singaporeans as snow. (They’re basically pickup trucks like the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, Tundra TRD Pro, Tacoma TRD and 4Runner TRD Pro).
Back to the GR86.
Toyota sold over 200,000 units of the original version (GT86) and they are likely to surpass this number for the second generation thanks to a range of improvements the automaker introduced in all departments.
Toyota’s engineers have made sure they keep the weight in check while making new additions or tweaking the old ones. To make it possible, they have used aluminium for the roof and fenders, as well as made changes to the front seats and mufflers to cut the weight. The result is not just the weight shedding for the roof, but also the lower center of gravity, which helps the GR86 improve its already excellent handling.
Besides keeping the lightweight theme intact, the engineers have increased the torsional rigidity by around 50 per cent. It would result in improved stability. While doing that, the automaker has made sure the 86’s footprint remains the same. So, the 2022 Toyota GR 86 is 4,265 millimeters (167.9 inches) long, 1,775 mm (69.8 in) wide, and 1,310 mm (51.5 in) tall. It has a wheelbase of 2,575 mm (101.3 in).
Opting the coupe with the standard six-speed manual transmission and it only weighs 1,270 kilograms (2,800 pounds). The six-speed automatic transmission is optional.
Engine – the talking point of the old GT86/BRZ
With almost the same footprint, lower weight, and more power, what should we expect? Yes, the new 86 is quicker on its toes thanks to a robust 2.4-litre gasoline mill swapping the previous 2.0-litre unit. Being naturally aspirated again isn’t really a bad thing, as it now churns out 232 horsepower (173 kilowatts) at 7,000 rpm and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque at 3,700 rpm (these specs are for Japanese 86).
Hit the pedal hard, and the new GR 86 will take you from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in only 6.3 seconds, which is 1.1 seconds faster than before.
Now some of you might be thinking this is not a big jump from the previous
slow engine. But I believe Toyobaru wanted to keep the 86’s DNA all about the handling and driving fun, rather than outright performance on a straight and horsepower figures.
Guess we’ll continue to see more of this, then :
Aerodynamics and Handling
Besides creating an extra grunt, the automaker confirms the mill now delivers better response and “smooth, stress-free sensations from low to high rpms.” And because the 2022 Toyota GR 86 is a family member of the GR Yaris, GR Supra, and the upcoming GR Super Sport hypercar, it comes equipped with the same aerodynamic boosts that Toyota has created to enhance stability, and steering responsiveness.
The engineers have installed a MacPherson strut on the front and a double-wishbone unit at the rear. The wheels are 18-inch alloy covered in 215/40 tires.
Looks-wise, we can clearly see the 2022 Toyota GR 86 appears similar to the BRZ because the two have almost the same exterior styling. However, the 86’s grille is slightly different from the BRZ, matching almost with the GR Yaris. Furthermore, we can see a slight difference in the LED headlights.
The mechanical twin of the Subaru BRZ also matches it in the interior. The slight difference we find is in the seat upholstery and, of course, the GR symbol on the steering wheel. Apart from that, the seven-inch digital driver’s display and an eight-inch infotainment screen are the same.
Moreover, the air vents’ styling, seats, switchgear, and pedals are identical to the BRZ.
The second-generation 2022 Toyota GR 86 will hit the Japanese roads first in September onwards and will reach other parts of the world, including Singapore after that.