Welp, that did not take lengthy. With the announcement of Toyota’s and Subaru’s second-generation GR 86 and BRZ, it was all however assured the little sports activities vehicles would get numerous aftermarket go-fast items and aesthetic upgrades. And HKS Japan is not losing any time leaving its mark on the mannequin. Final weekend, throughout the annual “Fuji 86 Type with BRZ” occasion at Japan’s Fuji Speedway, the high-performance aftermarket tuning firm debuted its GR 86 idea.
HKS (named after its founders, Hasegawa, Kitagawa, and Sigma), was established in Japan in 1973. With a deal with efficiency components that included forward-thinking aftermarket turbocharged functions (one of many very first), bolt-on options, and later aero choices, the model has lengthy served as a pacesetter within the house. Lately it is typically been first to market with upgrades for newly launched autos.
A lot Wanted Increase
If you happen to’re a social media dweller, you then’ve little doubt learn the fixed complaints in regards to the GR 86 and BRZ being void of any kind of increase, and HKS rectifies that with its GT2 supercharger system. The corporate has put vital emphasis on the deserves of centrifugal superchargers for bolt-on kits like this, touting the compelled induction programs’ improved low-end energy and midrange grunt relative to comparable turbochargers.
Along with the supercharger, HKS matches the GR 86’s boxer engine with a catalytic converter-equipped GT SPEC exhaust manifold that results in the group’s Hello-Energy SPEC-L II exhaust system. The light-weight cat-back exhaust incorporates a pair of canister mufflers that exit by the manufacturing unit bumper openings, the finishers wrapped with a titanium ring. HKS used its Flash Editor, a programmable add-on that plugs into the manufacturing unit OBD port and permits reflashing the ECU to maximise efficiency or revert again to inventory settings if wanted, to make sure the supercharger and high-flow exhaust system play good with the Toyota sport coupe’s manufacturing unit ECU. Whereas no official energy numbers had been launched, because the package continues to be below growth, we wager these upgrades will web between a 60 and 100 hp achieve—relying on which package is chosen (we anticipate there might be entry-level and extra superior choices)—relative to the inventory automotive’s 228-hp output.
Dressed to Kill
The HKS idea highlights the 2022 GT 86’s unique strains. There aren’t any flared fenders right here. A entrance lip spoiler attaches to the underside of the entrance bumper and wraps round its edges. Upturned winglets prolong the piece outward a couple of inches. Simply above it sit one-piece dual-plane canards. A carbon fiber panel covers the entrance fender vents. These items bolt on to HKS-brand facet skirts that sweep up towards the rear quarter panel—similar to the manufacturing unit ones. These, nonetheless, are a bit extra pronounced and fairly a bit sharper trying on account of their built-in diffusers.
The sweeping strains of the GR 86 all however disappear once you view the automotive from the again. HKS geared toward livening issues up a bit by including a carbon-fiber rear diffuser, which, just like the entrance lip, extends past the bumper a couple of inches. Above this sits one other carbon-fiber contact: a glossy “Duck Tail Wing” that hugs the trunk lid. HKS additionally whipped up a GT wing that sits above the trunk, too. The comparatively low-profile unit properly enhances the idea automotive’s different styling bits.
HKS improves the GR 86’s dealing with by means of Hipermax S coilovers with adjustable camber plates. The corporate additionally ditched the unique 18-inch wheels and tires for a set of bronze 19-inch Advan Racing GT Beyonds wrapped in sticky 255/30-19 Advan Neova AD08R rubber. HKS did not overlook about stopping energy, both, and the corporate matches this GR 86 with blue-painted six-piston entrance calipers that clamp down on 14.6-inch rotors. 4-piston calipers and 12.6-inch Carbing slotted rotors reside on the automotive’s rear.
All the time early to the occasion, HKS Japan managed to place collectively a really full package deal for the soon-to-be-released GR 86 (it is protected to imagine these bits will switch over to the BRZ, too). For years, the so-called “Toyobaru” sports activities vehicles have maintained a loyal fanbase and a considerable amount of aftermarket assist. It appears this should not change with the arrival of the second-generation mannequin, as proof by HKS’s 2022 Toyota GR 86 idea.