Currently reading: New Toyota GR 86 coupe revealed as GT86 successor
Rear-driven coupé switches to 2.4-litre engine, retains focus on lightweight design and driver engagement
James Attwood, digital editor
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5 April 2021

Toyota has unveiled the new Toyota GR 86 coupé, the successor to the GT86, which will go on sale in Japan in the autumn and eventually be offered in the UK. 

The lightweight rear-wheel-drive four-seater was revealed alongside the new second-generation Subaru BRZ, with which it was jointly developed. The new BRZ, which was first shown last November, won't be offered in Europe. Toyota claims the two models have been developed through a "friendly rivalry" and will both offer a "distinct driving feel".

While the original GT86 and BRZ used a 2.0-litre engine, the new version, as was expected, features Subaru’s horizontally opposed 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol unit. The GR 86 will be launched in Japan offering 232bhp and 184lb ft, up from the GT86’s 197bhp and 151lb ft. It can do the 0-62mph sprint in 6.3sec, which is 1.1sec quicker than its predecessor.

Peak power is offered at 7000rpm, with the uit able to rev to 7400rpm. Japanese buyers will have a choice of six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes. The GR 86 also features Subaru's Eyesight driver assistance systems.

Toyota says a major focus has been on retaining the “essential fun-to-drive” characteristics of the GT86, which was launched in 2012, and a key part of that has been minimising the weight. The new car has a claimed kerb weight of 1270kg, which is 5kg lighter than the original. Toyota says this has been achieved through features including the use of an aluminium roof and body panels.

The GR 86 has virtually identical dimensions as its predecessor, measuring 4265mm long and 1310mm high, with a wheelbase of 2575mm. This has helped Toyota keep the centre of gravity low, and the firm claims that the torsional rigidity of the new model has been increased by around 50%, resulting in “even sharper handling and steering.”

The new model also features aerodynamic front air ducts and side panels, which Toyota says are based on learnings from its motorsport programmes and aid handling and stability.

Inside, the Japanese versions of the GR 86 will feature a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen as part of what Toyota says is an an upgraded and driver focused dashboard design.

While the GR 86 will go on sale in Japan in the autumn, a UK and Europe launch date has yet to be confirmed. Toyota says that more details will be given later this year.

The change of name from GT86 to GR 86 brings the coupé in line with the rest of Toyota's new GR performance line, joining the GR Supra coupé and GR Yaris hot hatch.

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Seatlotusbmw 5 April 2021
I think it's great news that this car will be coming to the UK. I'd like there to be proper alternatives to replacing my M240i with the next 2 Series Coupe, especially as I expect that's going to get both more expensive and fatter. The GR 86 may not be as fast, but it was actually the steering that got me to choose my current car rather than it's outright performance. I drove the GT86 on the Goodwood drive course and was mightily impressed.
nimmler 5 April 2021
Seatlotusbmw wrote:

I think it's great news that this car will be coming to the UK. I'd like there to be proper alternatives to replacing my M240i with the next 2 Series Coupe, especially as I expect that's going to get both more expensive and fatter. The GR 86 may not be as fast, but it was actually the steering that got me to choose my current car rather than it's outright performance. I drove the GT86 on the Goodwood drive course and was mightily impressed.

Agree, this car is an amazing breath of fresh air, sub 1300kg , non turbo engine, manual, rear wheel drive, “normal” size car with normal wheels...In the era of 1550kg+ turbo DCT ‘sports cars’ that are 2+ meters wide running on 19 inch rubber band tyres that will kerb instantly...

Lets hope more people will buy this car and not flock to the usual German panzer cruisers

si73 6 April 2021
Also agree, always thought it a tragedy more of the originals didn't sell, it should have sold like hot cakes in my opinion, hopes this does well for them to justify more in the future.
Maxi Cooper 5 April 2021

Great to see Toyota continuing with this market sector, especially when all other manufacturers have abandoned this type of car. When TT is gone it will pretty well be only 2 door hardtop car in this price range. Strangely  conservative styling for a sports car though, especially the interior, when you compare it to other Toyotas like the CHR and RAV4...

QuestionEverything 5 April 2021
It looks good but having seen the interior shots I am puzzled why car makers keep churning out black interiors with red trim. It's so, so dated. They seem to think that black & red interiors are sporty. They were but that was in 1988. It gives the look of a teenager buying all the tacky accessories available in Halfords for their old souped up Citroen Saxo. I hope more tasteful interior options are available.

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