Toyota put latest rumors of a months-long delay to relaxation by unveiling the second-generation 86 on-line. Positioned under the Supra, and referred to as GR 86 in Japan, the coupe is once more intently associated to the Subaru BRZ.
Seen from the facet or from the again, the GR 86 is sort of similar to the second-generation BRZ launched within the fall of 2020. Solely brand-specific wheel designs and logos set the 2 vehicles aside. It is a barely totally different story up entrance, the place the 86 receives a redesigned entrance bumper with an even bigger grille and smaller air intakes. If you wish to play seven variations, this is a photograph of the 86 and the BRZ parked facet by facet.
The similarity is just not a foul factor. It means the 86 returns as a nimble coupe with head-turning proportions. It was developed for drivers in a manner that is more and more turning into misplaced throughout the trade. Inside, this handling-first method is characterised by a structure that places an equal concentrate on sportiness and ease. Sitting on an aggressively-bolstered seat, the motive force faces a three-spoke steering wheel and a digital instrument cluster, whereas the middle stack homes a touchscreen plus a handful of dials and buttons. Right here once more, the 86 appears to be like rather a lot just like the BRZ.
Toyota stresses the widespread sheet metallic would not inform the total story. It identified that, whereas the 86 and the BRZ are basically the identical automotive, it tuned its model to ship a special driving really feel than Subaru’s. It described the connection between the groups that developed every automotive as a pleasant rivalry. We’ll want to attend till we’ve got the chance to take each for a spin to seek out out what the distinction means in real-world road and observe circumstances.
Energy for the 86 comes from a 2.4-liter flat-four engine sourced from Subaru and tuned to develop 232 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It is once more naturally-aspirated, it would not sound like a turbocharged mannequin is within the pipeline, and it spins the rear wheels by way of both a six-speed handbook transmission or a six-speed computerized. If 232 horsepower would not sound like sufficient, take into accout the 86 ideas the dimensions at merely 2,800 kilos. Reaching 62 mph from a cease takes 6.three seconds, in keeping with the producer, down from 7.Four within the earlier mannequin.
Toyota will launch further details about the second-generation 86 (together with particulars on the American-spec mannequin) within the coming months. Gross sales in Japan will begin within the fall of 2021, which means we’ll see it right here as a 2022 mannequin.