Nearly five months after Toyota did the same thing with the BRZ rear-wheel drive coupe in Subaru, it launched the new 86 sports car. More than 200,000 examples of the original version have been sold, and the replacement version is designed to improve in every way while keeping the lightweight formula almost intact.
In order to control weight, engineers used aluminum on the roof and fenders, while adjusting the front seats and muffler to reduce fat as much as possible. The modified roof lowers the center of gravity of the vehicle and brings another major benefit, which can reduce the center of gravity of operation.
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The torsional stiffness has been increased by about 50% to improve stability, while the car’s footprint remains basically unchanged. It is 4,265 mm (167.9 inches) long, 1,775 mm (69.8 inches) wide, 1,310 mm (51.5 inches) high, and has a wheelbase of 2,575 mm (101.3 inches). When equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission, the 2022 Toyota 86 weighs only 1,270 kg (2,800 lb). Optionally, an automatic transmission with the same gear will be provided.
Power comes from a larger 2.4-liter gasoline engine, which replaces the old 2.0-liter engine. In JDM-spec 86, the horizontally opposed four-cylinder gasoline is still naturally aspirated, producing 232 horsepower (173 kilowatts) at 7,000 rpm and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton meters) of torque at 3,700 rpm. . From the start of the sprint to reduce the speed in 1.1 seconds to 62 mph (100 km/h), it now takes 6.3 seconds.
Toyota said that in addition to gaining more power, the engine also has better responsiveness and provides a “smooth, stress-free feeling from low to high rpm.” In addition to GR Yaris, GR Supra and the upcoming GR Super Sport supercar, the new GR 86 also has a variety of aerodynamic enhancements that can improve stability and steering responsiveness. The front suspension is composed of MacPherson struts, the rear suspension is set up with double wishbone, and both axles use 18-inch wheels wrapped in 215/40 tires.
You can easily know that GR 86 and BRZ have become one again, because the two are very different in design. The most obvious difference is the front grille design, because we found Toyota’s version to be more aggressive. The grille is similar to the grille on the GR Yaris hot hatch, and we noticed that the LED headlights are not exactly the same as the equivalent Subie.
The cockpit is also a case of déjàvu, except that the seat decoration and the GR badge on the steering wheel are slightly different, it is actually the same as its BRZ sister model. It has the same 7-inch digital driver display and 8-inch infotainment equipment. From the shapes of vents and seats to switchgear and pedals, the internal structure of the 86 and BRZ is basically the same. In terms of safety, the automatic model uses Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance technology.
The second-generation Toyota GR 86 will be launched in Japan this fall, and detailed information about the North American version will be announced later.