The highly awaited Toyota GR 86 has finally been revealed. This sports coupe is Toyota’s counterpart to Subaru’s twin model, the BRZ. The GR name, which stands for “Gazoo Racing,” pays homage to the manufacturer’s racing division and hints at its lightweight driving style and construction. The most recent collaboration between Toyota and Subaru has resulted in two dynamic upcoming releases with improvements from their previous joint efforts since they started working together in 2005.
The GR 86 and BRZ will be mechanically identical, as they were developed and designed in unison with one another. The GR 86’s engine has been improved from the last time around, now a 2.4-liter flat-four capable of 228 horsepower, almost 25 more than in previous model years. Its six-speed transmission can come in either manual or automatic depending on driver’s preference, appealing to all sorts of consumers with different needs and desires. Toyota has stated that the GR 86’s new engine will be more responsive and cut its 0-60 time to 6 seconds, which is almost an entire second faster than before. Its rear-wheel drive and front flat-four engine design allow for a low hood and sporty appearance.
The GR 86’s interior has been redesigned to include more accommodating and appealing features. Despite their athletic appearance and handling, the GR 86 and BRZ are two of the only sports coupe options that can carry four passengers with its back row of seating. Toyota has improved the technology found inside, as well, with a large infotainment system that prioritizes user-friendly integration. A Wi-Fi hotspot ensures that everyone stays connected, even when on long trips and outings.
With a starting price just north of $30,000, the GR 86 and its sibling Subaru BRZ are exciting lightweight sports coupe releases. These vehicles show what’s possible when two established automakers collaborate for an inventive release. To view these vehicles side by side, click here. If you’re interested in a Toyota of your own, or any make and model, you can browse through our wide-ranging inventory on our website.