A few months after the arrival of the Subaru BRZ 2022, Toyota unveils its twin sister, the GR 86. If Subaru unveiled the second-generation BRZ last fall, Toyota took a little longer, claiming that it wanted to make sure it gave it a character of its own and a driving dynamic that more closely resembled it. ‘a Toyota than a Subaru. Finally, here it is, and it changes its name again: after the Scion FR-S and Toyota 86, say hello to the 2022 Toyota GR 86 . Here’s how she stands out from her twin.
No need to hide the facts: the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR 86 remain, even in this new version, technically identical. They sit on the same platform, are powered by the 2.4-liter Boxer-type flatbed engine and are mated to the same 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
The same is true on the design side, it’s almost a carbon copy, except for a slightly different front bumper and headlights. Everything else is the same.
Toyota mentions, however, that the GR 86 is lighter than a BRZ by some 7 kilos, but the manufacturer has yet to explain how it arrived at this weight reduction. The Boxer engine’s compression ratio has also been reduced slightly, but strangely enough power (still in Japanese spec) is a bit higher than that of the Subaru, dropping from 228 to 232 horsepower.
However, it would be logical to assume that our GR 86 has the same power as a BRZ. Torque, meanwhile, isn’t moving at 184 pound-feet.What the automaker explains is that it has invested a lot of time in fine-tuning the power and torque range of the engine, as well as the suspension and steering. Engineers at Gazou Racing – Toyota’s performance division – even reprogrammed the computer to make its power management unique to the car. It would be necessary to drive it to confirm these statements.
What the automaker explains is that it has invested a lot of time in fine-tuning the power and torque range of the engine, as well as the suspension and steering. Engineers at Gazou Racing – Toyota’s performance division – even reprogrammed the computer to make its power management unique to the car. It would be necessary to drive it to confirm these statements.
Toyota still remains discreet about the prices of its sports car, but everything suggests that its price range will be appreciably comparable to that of its twin, that is to say between 30,000 and 35,000 $, approximately. Note, however, that the current Toyota 86 sells, on average, $ 2,000 more than a Subaru BRZ.
What could work in Toyota’s favor, however, will be its interest rates, which are usually more aggressive than those of Subaru. We won’t be sure when it arrives this fall, at the same time as the BRZ. By then, we will have driven these two binoculars on the roads of Quebec, and will be able to give you our driving impressions.