The new Subaru BRZ broke cover last year and since then, everyone’s been waiting for its Toyota badged sibling to launch. Finally, the new Toyota GR86 is revealed today. At first glance, it might seem that Toyota has just renamed the GT86 to GR86. But this time they have pushed the boundaries while retaining the same formula for an affordable sports car. Let’s see what the GR86 brings to the table…
Toyota GR86 : Exterior
The Main key difference between GR86 & its cousin BRZ is its front end. It comes with different front grille & trim pieces. Dimensions are nearly identical to the previous generation model, which has helped Toyota to keep the centre of gravity low. Its torsional rigidity is increased by 50 per cent, as claimed by the manufacturer; resulting in even sharper handling & steering. It didn’t seem like there is any difference on the rear end.
Toyota GR86 : Interior
The GR86 cabin brings very few changes such as different upholstery & GR badging on the steering wheel. Other than that, it is pretty much identical to the Subaru BRZ interior. There is the same seven-inch digital driver’s display & eight-inch infotainment display. According to Toyota, it ‘fosters a sense of excitement even before the drive begins’.
Toyota GR86 : Engine & Performance
The GR in the car’s name stands for Gazoo Racing which is Toyota’s factory racing arm. This puts in Toyota’s GR line-up inclusive of GR Yaris, GR Supra & the upcoming GR Super Sport hypercar. So, we can expect some serious performance figures. It comes with a new 2.4L horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine which is an upgrade from the 2.0L engine used in the last-gen GT86. It is also one second quicker achieving 0-100kmph in just 6.3 seconds. Engine performance has also been enhanced. It now provides 235PS at 7000 rpm & 250 Nm torque at 3700 rpm. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while an automatic transmission option is also available. It maintains the rear-wheel-drive layout of the GT86.
The pricing of the GR86 has not been disclosed yet. But it is assumed that the pricing will start from 31000 USD (INR 22.73 Lakh). The model will go on sale in Japan in the autumn. For UK & Europe, the launch date is still unconfirmed.
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