From GT 86, Toyota\’s old-school coupe , to GR 86 . The change in the name is minimal, just one letter, but the character remains the same. And this is how the family of hard and pure sports cars of the Japanese brand, which already boasts GR Yaris and GR Supra, has a new member.
Front aspirated boxer engine, manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive. The technical basis, shared with the Subaru BRZ presented 5 months ago , does not change, but evolves from a technological and performance point of view.
The car is 4,265 meters long, 1,775 wide, 1,310 meters high and with a wheelbase of 2,575 meters, dimensions practically identical to the previous generation. On an aesthetic level it changes very little compared to its cousin BRZ , only a few details needed to redesign the front. The passenger compartment is also almost identical between the two cousins, which differs only for the different logos of the two manufacturers, but otherwise offers the same digital instrumentation based on two monitors: one 7 “for the instrument panel and one 8” for the control of infotelematics . Active and passive safety is entrusted to Subaru\’s ADAS, the EyeSight system.
The major work has been done to improve the dynamics of the vehicle. The engine goes from 2.0 to 2.4 liters of cubic capacity, reaches 232 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque , and allows the car to cover 0-100 km / h in 6.3 “ , lowering the value of the previous generation by one second. . Engine combined, as standard, with a 6-speed mechanical gearbox or, on request, with an automatic transmission, again with 6 speeds .
In addition to the increase in power, Toyota have worked on improving stability , achieved through tight weight control using aluminum for the roof and fenders. These changes have made it possible to further lower the car\’s center of gravity , which, combined with the torsional stiffness increased by 50% and more responsive steering, has made the car more direct and stable .
In autumn in Japan, and in Europe?
The new GR 86 is expected in Japanese dealerships in the fall, but details on its marketing in Europe have not been disclosed at the moment .