2022 Toyota GR 86 Photos, Specs Reveal a Fun, Affordable Sports Car

Liz Kim | Apr 05, 2021

Driving enthusiasts often assert that it is better to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow. 

2022 Toyota GR 86 Red Front Quarter View

Why? Because unless you are driving on a race track or otherwise closed course, you can’t legally explore the capabilities of a high-powered performance car on public streets. But you can enjoy the more modest limits and thrilling dynamics of a vehicle like the Mazda MX-5 Miata or Volkswagen GTI without endangering yourself, the motoring public, or your driver’s license.

This philosophy also applies to the Subaru BRZ sports coupe and its twin, the Toyota 86. The second-generation versions of each are about to arrive, and the redesigned 2022 Toyota GR 86 follows the lead established by the already-revealed 2022 Subaru BRZ.

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As was true previously, the new Toyota GR 86 is a mechanical twin to the Subaru BRZ and sits on a MacPherson strut front and double-wishbone rear suspension. To give each version of the car its own character, Toyota and Subaru separately tune the vehicles to deliver different driving dynamics. 

Equipped with a new 232-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, the redesigned GR 86 supplies much faster acceleration than before, with Toyota claiming zero-to-60-mph times of 6.3 seconds. That’s a vast improvement over the 7.4-second run of last year’s 86. 

Peak horsepower arrives at 7,000 rpm, though, so to access it, you’ll need to wring the engine out. You do get 184 lb.-ft. of torque at a relatively low 3,700 rpm. And thankfully, you still have a choice between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission, powering the rear wheels.

2022 Toyota GR 86 Interior Dashboard.

The cars’ shared roots are also evident in their similar designs and technologies. For example, they feature the same digital instrumentation and 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Toyota even maintains Subaru’s EyeSight name for its suite of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) rather than use its Toyota Safety Sense moniker.

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On a Toyota, GR stands for Gazoo Racing. Toyota best explains the origin of this name:

Today, “Gazoo” refers to the word “Garage,” a very intimate place where people work together to improve the smallest details, with the aim of delivering ever-better cars and services for each customer, in each garage. As such, the name embodies the spirit that drives Toyota Gazoo Racing.

But the origin of the name goes back nearly twenty years to the creation of Gazoo.com, a website gathering images of the vehicles on stock at…dealerships. Its name, “Gazoo,” was derived from the Japanese word “gazo,” which means image or photo. 

Although the use of imagery on a website is commonplace today, it was revolutionary for the automotive industry in Japan in the mid-1990s when internet technology was at its infancy. Gazoo.com offered consumers a wide choice of products, allowing them to find the best deal available, and this is where the philosophy of providing ever-better cars to the Toyota customer originates.

Ah yes, the more you know, the more you, umm, know.

The 2022 Toyota GR 86 release date is in the fall of 2021 in Japan, with the car arriving in the U.S. soon after that. 

Toyota Motor Corporation is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on April 5, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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