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.
2022 Toyota GR 86
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.
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.
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).
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.