TOKYO – Toyota has pulled the wraps off its next-generation 86 coupe, giving the redesigned sporty car a boost in power to answer customers clamoring for more oomph.
Toyota also rechristened the nameplate, in the Japan market at least, as the GR 86, in a nod to the brand’s Gazoo Racing tuner line. The overhauled GR 86 launches in Japan this autumn.
The entry-level driver’s car was jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru, with Subaru providing the engine and manufacturing and Toyota doing the design. Subaru said it had a bigger hand in this redesign, helping envision the front fender lines and other tweaks.
The first generation went on sale in 2012, with Subaru calling its version the BRZ. Subaru unveiled the second-generation BRZ last fall, saying it would go on sale as a 2022 model.
Toyota presented the GR 86 on Monday in an online event that also featured the overhauled BRZ under the banner “Let’s make ever-better cars together!”
The GR 86 and BRZ will get a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine, up from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the outgoing model. The upgrade cuts the car’s 0-to-60-mph (97 kph) time to 6.3 seconds, from 7.4, according to Toyota. When Subaru previewed its version last fall, it said the car would deliver 228 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. The rear-wheel-drive GR 86 and BRZ will be available with either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.
The added power helps counter complaints that the first-generation 86/BRZ, while a great tuner car perfectly suited for gearhead enhancements, was underpowered for its target group.
The dimensions of the GR 86/BRZ are nearly the same as the outgoing version, allowing the car to keep its sleek profile, low center of gravity and planted hip point. The updated version is slightly longer and lower, and it has a slightly longer wheelbase. But the overall width is the same.
Torsional rigidity has been increased by 50 percent to improve agility and enable better steering stability, Toyota said. Aluminum roof panels and fenders help keep the weight down.