TORONTO, Ontario:The car that marked the revival of Toyota’s sportscar lineage is now giving drivers even more of the agility, style, and responsiveness they desire. For this round, the detail-obsessed Toyota Gazoo Racing team brings enhanced handling and exterior aerodynamics, increased power, and an upgraded interior. These changes earn it a Gazoo Racing badge, joining Toyota’s ever-growing, global sportscar line as the all-new 2022 GR 86.
With its wide stance and low centre of gravity, the 2+2 rear-wheel drive coupe’s handling changes come in the form of front and rear frame reinforcements that increase rigidity. Functional exterior air vents were also added to further support steering stability. Weight shaving details like aluminum roof panels and fenders also kept it at a nimble curb weight of just over 1,270 kg.
The 2.4L naturally aspirated, horizontally opposed four-cylinder boxer engine, brings the power upgrade – increasing from 205 to 228hp and from 156 to 184 lb.-ft. of torque on the manual version. The power boost come from tweaks like increased bore size, changes to the intake and exhaust systems, and optimization of the Toyota D-4S dual injection technology. Drivers will have the choice of a 6-speed manual (MT) or automatic transmission (AT).0 to 100 km/h times have dropped from 7.2 to 6.3 seconds for the MT and from 8.2 to 6.8 seconds for the AT.
Available in two grades, GR 86 and GR 86 Premium, it will come in seven exterior colour choices, including the aptly named Track bRed. The premium grade comes equipped with a rear duckbill spoiler, adding dynamic contours to the car’s sporty feel.
The cabin gets upgraded front seats with a deep bucket design and side bolsters that keep driver and passenger supported during serious cornering. GR 86 Premium grade seats are upholstered in Alcantara with leather accents. Leather-trimmed driver touchpoints and silver-coloured accents also add a race-inspired touch to the cabin.
Additional interior upgrades include a three-mode digital display, offering different information layouts for Normal, Sport, or Track driving modes. An 8-inch Multimedia Touchscreen with six speakers comes on the standard grade, while an eight-speaker system comes standard on the Premium grade, and available Connected Services, Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ compatibility.