The 2022 Toyota GR 86 will hit dealerships in Japan in the fall of 2021.
Equipped with a 2.4L flat-four engine with 232 horsepower (Japanese spec).
Redesigned cockpit with new infotainment system and digital driver instrument panel.
The 2022 Toyota GR 86 has finally been unveiled by the Japanese automaker in its home market, and although we’ll have to wait a little before getting details on the North American version, the latter shouldn’t differ too much from the one that has just debuted.
It’s unclear whether Toyota’s small sports car will be called the GR 86, or simply the 86, in Canada and the United States. However, the Supra’s official name is the GR Supra, so we’ll assume the second-generation 86 will get the Gazoo Racing reference as well. The company is touting the GR 86 as the third TGR product developed so far, after the Supra and the hot-to-trot Toyota GR Yaris hatch—that the North American market won’t be getting.
The 2022 Toyota GR 86 is equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.4L flat-four engine, once again shared with the 2022 Subaru BRZ, and in Japanese spec, it produces 235 PS or 232 horsepower along with 184 pound-feet of torque. On our market, it will likely mimic the BRZ’s 228-horsepower output, which is 23 more hp and 33 more pound-feet than the first-gen 86—which started life here as the Scion FR-S. The 0-100 km/h dash is said to take 6.3 seconds, down from 7.4 in the outgoing 86.
As before, a six-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard, while a six-speed automatic is optional, and both send engine power to the rear wheels. TGR cites a “friendly rivalry” between it and Subaru’s development team, and the cars are said to boast a distinct driving feel from one another. As a result, the GR 86 is “specially designed for sports performance, and provides direct and satisfying driving performance of the highest order.”
From a design standpoint, the 2022 Toyota GR 86 features only subtle distinctions compared to the BRZ. The headlight clusters look the same, but the daytime running lights are slightly different, while the front bumpers are unique, with a bigger grille opening in the case of the Toyota. The rest of the two cars, from the side to the rear, seem identical. Dimensions are virtually unchanged with the outgoing generation’s, and the car’s centre of gravity has been lowered even further thanks to a 10 mm roofline drop and a ride height reduction of 4 mm. Eighteen-inch wheels with 215/40R18 tires are now standard.
The interior of the pint-sized 2+2 sports car is new, with a more modern infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, SiriusXM compatibility and a seven-inch fully digital driver instrument panel. The GR 86 also uses the Subaru EyeSight advanced safety suite, but only when the car is equipped with the automatic gearbox.
Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, and we’ll have to wait for more specific details about the North American variant of the 2022 Toyota GR 86. The sports car will launch in Japan this fall.