The next-generation 2022 Toyota GR 86 sports car made its official debut this week, arriving as a refreshed rival to the turbocharged four-cylinder-powered Chevy Camaro.
Just like the first-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, the new GR 86 shares a platform and engine with its Subaru-badged stablemate that debuted last year. Under the hood is a naturally aspirated 2.4L boxer four-cylinder engine, which produces 231 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or available six-speed automatic, the boxer four-cylinder will motivate the 2022 Toyota GR 86 from 0 to 100 km/h in about 6.3 seconds – over a second faster than the first-gen model it replaces.
The 2022 GR 86 uses the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the first-gen model but has a wider and more pronounced look to it thanks to its beefier redesigned body panels. Toyota also used
aluminum for the roof panels and fenders to help reduce the vehicle’s center of gravity and weight, while new lighter front seats and lighter mufflers also contribute to the vehicle’s reduced kerb weight.
Inside, the GR 86 has a color infotainment screen front-and-center, along with a seven-inch TFT cluster display. The car will come standard with the Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite, as well, which includes active safety technology like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist with sway warning and pre-collision braking with throttle management.
The new Toyota GR 86 is expected to go on sale in Japan this autumn. The Japanese automaker has not said when North American Toyota dealers will begin receiving the car, but an arrival in the winter of 2021 or early next year seems likely. Production will take place at the Subaru Gunma plant in Japan.
As a reminder, the four-cylinder version of the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro is powered by a turbocharged GM LTG 2.0L four-cylinder engine producing 275 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. Similar to the GR 86, a six-speed manual is standard, while an eight-speed automatic is available for extra. The Camaro is more powerful than the GR 86 or the BRZ, but it also has more weight to carry, tipping the scales at 3,351 lbs with the 2.0L engine and six-speed manual transmission.
Pricing for the Chevy Camaro 1LS base model starts at $25,995 including destination. U.S. pricing for the GR 86 and BRZ has yet to be confirmed.