Ever since Subaru revealed the 2022 Subaru BRZ everyone has been waiting on Toyota to reveal their twin. Finally, the cover has come off the 2022 Toyota GR 86. It may have a new name, but this is really a carbon copy of the formula from the 86. Which also means the car is basically a carbon copy of the new BRZ.
From a design perspective there’s virtually no daylight between the 2022 BRZ and GR 86. They look identical on the surface, sans for the fact they wear different badges. This isn’t all bad because the 2+2 sports car layout is an attractive and, frankly, rare look these days. While the appearance isn’t change significantly from the previous generation, the roof and fenders are now made from aluminum. This material change is lowering the GR 86’s center of gravity, which paired with a 50-percent increase in torsional rigidity, should enhance handling. In fact, those enhancements should just make the already-fun-to-drive car even more fun.
Adding additional entertainment will be more power. Like the BRZ, the GR 86 will be powered by a 2.4-liter flat-four. This is an increase from the 86’s 2.0-liter. Oddly enough, Toyota hasn’t confirmed power outputs just yet, but we have no reason to believe it will differ from the BRZ. The BRZ generates 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This represents a 23 horsepower and 28 pound-feet increase over the outgoing model. Buyers can continue to opt for a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Rounding out the updates is a much nicer interior. The new interior has a more horizontal theme to it, centered on a 7-inch infotainment display. There’s also a more 2020-appropriate gauge cluster display.
Thus far Toyota isn’t talking pricing just yet for the 2022 GR 86. Expect to hear more on pricing as the car nears launch later this year.