2022 Toyota GR 86

Release Date: Winter 2021
Estimated Price: Starting at $29,000 (estimated)
  • Redesigned for 2022
  • More power from a larger four-cylinder engine
  • Mildly restyled interior
  • Still a small rear-wheel-drive sport coupe
  • Kicks off the second 86 generation introduced for 2022 (previously called the Toyota 86)
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What is the GR 86?

Nearly a decade ago, Toyota wowed car enthusiasts with its all-new back-to-basics sport coupe. Co-developed with Subaru and initially sold as the Scion FR-S, the Toyota 86 was small, lightweight and fun to drive. It was also relatively affordable. Now, for 2022, Toyota is back with its redesigned 2022 GR 86. It has a slightly different name but otherwise lives by these same principles. Also on tap: more power, a revised interior and new styling.

What's under the GR 86's hood?

Like its predecessor, the GR 86 features a horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine mounted up front. Toyota says this larger, 2.4-liter mill produces 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft — an increase of 23 hp and 28 lb-ft compared to the previous model. And there's more good news for drivers who prefer not to shift their own gears: Both the standard manual and optional automatic transmission versions of the GR 86 will make identical power numbers.

Toyota says the new GR 86 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, which is about a second quicker than the previous model. We're looking forward to not only the increase in flat-out performance but also the improved drivability in everyday conditions. The old 2.0-liter engine left us a little flat and the 86 was generally unsatisfying to drive unless you were revving the engine all the way out to its redline.

While the GR 86 grows under the hood, don't expect any more substantial changes to the basic platform. It's still a diminutive sport coupe that lands roughly between the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Porsche 718 Cayman in terms of length. Toyota says that using aluminum in the roof helps lower the center of gravity, and different seats, muffler and fenders have helped shave weight compared to the old 86. Indeed, the GR 86's curb weight of 2,800 pounds is down 17 pounds from the previous iteration. Torsional rigidity is increased by roughly 50%, Toyota says, which could translate to improved handling precision and ride comfort.

How's the GR 86's interior?

From the pictures we've seen, the GR 86's interior will continue to be fairly minimalist in design. A digital/analog combination instrument panel lies behind a thickly padded steering wheel that features a fairly basic set of controls. The center stack is similarly uncluttered, adorned only with climate controls and a row of toggle switches. The images here show an interior with dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and heated seats. We don't know the exact feature lineup for the GR 86's two trim levels — base and Premium — but it's a good guess most of these will be on the Premium.

Upgraded bucket seats, still featuring aggressive bolstering to hold you in during hard cornering, are another update. The Premium trim gets seats upholstered with faux suede and leather. Photos show plenty of leather padding and improved touch points as well, which would go a long way toward improving the look and feel of the GR 86's interior. And for those needing a little extra practicality from their sport coupe, the GR 86 will continue to offer rear seats that can fold flat to increase cargo capacity.

The 8-inch central touchscreen will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. A six-speaker audio system is standard, while the top-of-the-line Premium trim level will get an eight-speaker system. 

How's the GR 86's tech?

Interestingly, Toyota says automatic-equipped versions of the GR 86 will come with Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver assistance features rather than its own Safety Sense-branded driver aids. That means the GR will be fairly well equipped with advanced driver aids and feature technology including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and high-beam assist. Standard on all GR 86 models will be LED headlights, with the option of adaptive headlights, and three driving modes (Normal, Sport and Track).

EdmundsEdmunds says

The soul of low-cost, fun-to-drive sport coupes lives on in the new 2022 Toyota GR 86. Thanks to its revised styling and a much-needed new engine, we think this new 86 is well worth waiting for. Expect it to be arriving at Toyota dealerships in late 2021.

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