After the launch of the new Subaru BRZ 2022, all eyes are on the Toyota GR86. The Toyota sports car will also debut a new generation. A generational change that will bring a new name. It will be renamed the Toyota GR86. Will it reach Europe? We found out what Toyota is planning as we preview the design of the new GR86 with a recreation.
The new generation of the Toyota GT86 is closer. Following the recent debut of the new Subaru BRZ 2022, all eyes have been on Toyota. We must bear in mind that both models, BRZ and GT86, are directly linked and that both will have continuity. Subaru was the first of these two brands to set a pike in Flanders. Now it is Toyota’s turn.
The generational change of the GT86 will bring with it important and interesting news. One of them will have to do with the name. This model will be renamed. The GT86 will be renamed the Toyota GR86. A new name that is in line with the new strategy that the Japanese manufacturer is following and that allows Toyota Gazoo Racing to be given greater prominence. This launch will join the family of models, currently made up of the Toyota GR Yaris and the Toyota GR Supra.
The keys to the new Toyota GR86
Compared to the outgoing model, the new GR86 features many important new features. Especially on a technical level. The platform has changed. The second generation of Toyota’s popular sports coupe will be powered by Subaru’s new global platform. A new generation architecture that is serving as the basis for all the new models that Subaru is launching on the market. This change has been crucial in increasing safety while offering an improved tuning.
The measurements of the GR86 will be slightly different from those of the GT86 that we can still find in dealerships. The new model will be longer and lower. It will maintain the current level of practicality by offering an interior for four passengers with a 2 + 2 seating arrangement. The rear seats can be folded down to provide acceptable cargo space.
Under the hood, there will also be news, but they will not be related to electrification. This sports car will remain true to the original concept. It will be powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter Boxer petrol engine that develops 231 hp (228 hp) and 250 Nm. It can be associated with both a manual gearbox and an automatic transmission. Both six-speed. In any case, we will have a rear-drive configuration.
The maximum torque will be increased and, what is equally relevant, the new driving mode called Sport will make the most of the capabilities of this new model. A very interesting function to enjoy a fun day on the circuit. Also, it will have a suspension that, in addition to improving dynamic behavior, will absorb shocks to increase the grip of the tires on all types of surfaces.
Although Toyota has not confirmed this, it is expected that the series production of the new GR86 will take place in the same facilities where the new BRZ will be manufactured. At the Subaru factory located in Gunma (Japan). The collaboration between the two firms has been key to giving life to this new generation.
The design of the new Toyota GR86
What will the successor to the GT86 look like? Taking as a starting point the new BRZ and a whole series of reports, the recreation that heads this article has been designed and that shows us what the new Toyota GR86 will be like. It will look quickly recognizable since both Japanese manufacturers have chosen to continue in this area. The proportions and lines of the current model are maintained to a certain extent. Now, his image is more modern, stylish, and sporty.
It will debut new optical groups, a lowered grille, and large air intakes. The side skirts and bulging shapes of the wheel arches will help transmit more force. Also noteworthy is the design of the hood and roof, whose fall to the rear is very well achieved.
The differences concerning the BRZ will be concentrated in the front. There will not be many characteristic features. However, it will be important enough that the Toyota model can have its personality. After several reports and sightings of development prototypes of the new generation of the model, we finally have the first official announcement of the arrival of the new Subaru BRZ 2022 and its first images, including the full photo of a slightly camouflaged prototype and its first official teaser.
Although in recent years we have witnessed the appearance of contradictory reports about the new generation of the Subaru BRZ and its twin brother the Toyota GT86, Japanese companies finally ended up confirming the development of the second generation of both models, which will continue to share the aesthetic schemes and technical as before.
This first teaser presented by Subaru does not show much, just the left front tire and the wheel arch panel, but it is the first official announcement of the arrival of the model and the confirmation of its presentation date, or at least estimated since we still do not know when the sports car will be unveiled. Subaru has only limited itself to confirm that it will be presented this fall, without even specifying the month in which it plans to present it.
Although we also have the first images of the slightly camouflaged prototype that the brand has used in this first teaser. We can already see this unit in full on Instagram, from where we have taken precisely the top photograph. This was taken during the Subaru Tecnica International Subiefest World Record Attempt & Charity Drive event, held this weekend in Costa Mesa, California.
Despite conflicting reports from this new generation of Japanese sports cars, by now we already have a lot of data on this new development. We have even seen some prototypes on the street showing their final configuration, despite having large doses of camouflage.
One of the main novelties of this new generation we will find in the name of the Toyota model, which will stop being called GT86 to adopt the initials of Gazoo Racing, so it will be called Toyota GR86. A name is very similar to that of its older brother, the Toyota GR Supra. According to Subaru, this development is new and does not derive from its predecessor, although the truth is that the structure and aesthetics of the model are going to be tremendously continuous, so we do not know to what extent they represent an evolution or novelty concerning the previous generation.
This continues to be one of the biggest unknowns of the model, because although we believe that both variants will continue to mount a Subaru supercharged 4-cylinder boxer, there are still those who assure that these twins will continue to have atmospheric mechanics, like their predecessors. What is certain is that another novelty will be the incorporation of an optional automatic transmission, which adds to the manual box already available.
Toyota GR86, will it come to Europe?
A few weeks ago, the Anglo-Saxon specialized press assured that there are no plans to bring the new Subaru BRZ to Europe. Although this information has not been ratified by Subaru itself, it has confirmed that the commercial launch of the new BRZ will start in the United States in early fall 2021. What will happen to the Toyota model? Will we see it in the Old Continent? There is room for hope.
At the moment Toyota contemplates the launch of the successor of the GT86 in Spain, and therefore, in Europe. And the truth is that several reasons will allow Toyota to “take the license” to bring the new GR86 to the Old Continent. First of all, there is the fact of emission regulations. Having electrified the vast majority of its models and having opted without complexes for hybrid technology (HEV), the level of CO2 emissions of the new GR86 will not be a problem for its hypothetical commercialization in Europe.
And on the other hand, although no less relevant, is the fact of the commercial performance of the GT86 against the BRZ. Sales in Europe of the GT86 are well above those of the BRZ. In the year 2019, the registrations of the Toyota model reached 920 units while the Subaru sports car closed that year with 520 units sold.
When will it be presented? The debut of the new GR86 will occur before the end of this year. Therefore, its commercialization will officially start sometime in the first half of 2021.