Toyota has introduced the new GR86, a sports model with rear-wheel drive that inherits the GT86, and arrives in Europe in late 2021 or early 2022.
Like the GT86 and GR86, it is the result of a collaboration with Subaru, whose version of BRZ was shown last year. Both models share platform and models again. Toyota has said it has engaged in a friendly rivalry with Subaru to develop two sports cars that provide a different driving feel.
The GR86 uses a 2.4-liter atmospheric in-line boxer engine with four cylinders instead of the old two-liter unit. The specifications for the European market have not been confirmed, but it is known that the Japanese version has 235HP and 250Nm and that the red field of the tachometer starts at 7400 rpm. The declared acceleration of 0-100km / h is 6.3 seconds, which is 1.1 seconds faster than the old model.
The new engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission in a standard package, and a six-speed automatic transmission will be available as an option. In both cases, power is sent to the front wheels via a limited slip differential.
The GR86 is based on the same platform as the GT86, but the chassis has been upgraded with stronger panels and stronger bonding techniques to increase stiffness and handling sharpness. The torsional stiffness is higher by 50% and the weight of the car is 1270kg.
The GR designation comes from the name of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division, which helped develop the GR Supre and GR Yaris, so it’s no surprise that they also participated in the creation of this model. The GR86 has retained the same proportions as the previous model, but the design has been changed and essentially simplified. As with the Subaru BRZ, the bonnet, front fenders and roof are made of lightweight aluminum.
The cabin has a compact configuration with 2 + 2 seats and much more technology, including a seven-inch digital instrument panel and an eight-inch screen for multimedia content, along with a redesigned center console and front panel.
The automatic transmission versions will feature Subaru’s EyeSight technology, which helps the driver with a forward-facing camera. This system provides support in the event of a collision hazard and can initiate an avoidance maneuver.
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