Toyota GR 86
An entirely new Toyota GR 86 was revealed to the motoring world
An all-new GR 86 is coming…
An entirely new Toyota GR 86 was revealed to the motoring world at the beginning of April 2021, set to become the third GR model in the Toyota international line up alongside the GR Supra and GR Yaris.
The original GT86 was launched in 2012 and has sold more than 200 000 units worldwide, becoming something of a modern-day classic sports car. The GR 86 builds on this legacy, with the same entertaining driving traits and very low centre of gravity at the core of the new model. It is almost identical in size to the GT86, while torsional rigidity has been increased by almost 50% to make the handling and steering even sharper.
While the GT86 featured a 2-litre petrol engine, the GR 86 has a 2.4-litre petrol engine, naturally aspirated and horizontally opposed, just like the GT86. While the exact performance figures of the local model will only be released closer in time to local launch, the current figures quoted are power output of 173kW with 250Nm of torque.
As well as this increased power, the GR 86 will also be lighter than its predecessor – in fact, it is expected to be the lightest four-seater coupe in its class, thanks to weight-saving initiatives such as using aluminium for the roof and body panels. This combination of increased power and lightweight construction will make the GR 86 significantly quicker and even more fun to drive.
The GT86’s experience in motorsport competition has helped the development of functioning aerodynamic components for GR 86, such as the front air ducts and side-rocker panels. These will help the new model achieve expected best-in-class handling and stability.
The Toyota GR 86 will be launched in South Africa in the first quarter of 2022.