Toyota GR86 debuts with Gazoo Racing branding


As expected, Toyota has revealed the new 86 based on the second-gen Subaru BRZ, scheduled to go on sale in Japan in autumn 2021, followed by Europe and North American markets at a later date. This time, the 86 receives the GR (Gazoo Racing) prefix.

As before, the cars look fairly identical except for the front bumper which attempts to add some differentiation. The side profile, the rear fascia and the 18-inch wheels are also identical to the BRZ. That said, the front running lights are slightly different compared to those on the BRZ.

In terms of the build, aluminum has been used for the roof, fenders, seats and mufflers to keep the weight in check. The curb weight with a 6-speed MT is claimed to be 1,270 kg (2,800 lbs). Toyota also claims the torsional rigidity to be up by approximately 50% over the previous model for greater steering stability.

The cabin has been spiced-up with red contrast stitching and of course, Gazoo Racing branding. The GR86 also borrows Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, naturally.


Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the GR86 is powered by a 2.4-litre (2,387 cc) 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated boxer engine that pumps out 173 kW (235 metric hp) at 7,000 rpm and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque at 3,700 rpm. Compared to the BRZ, there’s 4 metric hp more in the GR86. The engine can be paired with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox that drives the rear wheels.

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