As with the first generation, Toyota and Subaru worked together on the new GR 86 and BRZ, with the two looking almost indistinguishable from each other, besides some minor design details. Toyota has, however, been working really hard to make the new GR 86 feel more like their own and to stand out from its BRZ cousin.
The GR 86 has a better looking and more muscular design than before, with a lowered stance and a wider rear. Other new features include motorsport-inspired aero components such as special air outlets and side sill spoilers that are said to improve the car’s handling and stability.
The GR 86 has a similar “Functional Matrix” grille to the one found on the new GR Yaris, with a slightly different LED design in the headlight when compared to the BRZ.
Toyota says it has designed the interior of the GR 86 to be more driver-focused, positioning the 7-inch infotainment system in a way that reduces the need to look away from the road.
As for the rest of the interior, it’s still rather old-school which is what many loved about the original 86, with physical buttons, dials, and switches taking pride of place over touch controls. The updates definitely modernise the new model, but the same personality of the old interior still remains and will still be familiar to anyone who has owned or driven an 86 in the past.
The new GR 86 tips the scales at 1,270kg, which is roughly the same as its predecessor, but the designers and engineers at Toyota have worked hard to make this new model handle even better than the outgoing model which is quite a feat if they have managed to get it right. By using plenty of lightweight materials such as aluminum for the roof panels and fenders, they were able to keep the center of gravity low to the ground. This, combined with increased structural rigidity, should make the GR 86 one helluva driver’s car!
Under the bonnet,the GR 86’s heart is the same naturally aspirated 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine found in the Subaru BRZ, but with a very slight bump up in power. This power is still sent to the rear wheels via either a six-speed auto or manual for those who prefer to keep it old school. The GR 86 manages to squeeze out a decent 173 kW and 250Nm of torque. This means that the new GR 86 can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 6.3 seconds, which is 1.1 seconds quicker than the current 86!