After a painfully long build-up, the 2022 Toyota GR 86 has been officially revealed.
While an Australian release date is still to be confirmed, the GR 86’s unveiling comes nearly six months after the related Subaru BRZ broke cover.
The new GR 86 is the third model released under the Gazoo Racing banner, joining the GR Supra and the GR Yaris.
Like the BRZ, the GR 86 will use a larger 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder 'boxer' engine to produce 173kW and 250Nm. For context, outputs are up 21kW and 38Nm when compared to the outgoing manual car, and 26kW/45Nm for the outgoing automatic 86.
Buyers will still have the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission to drive the rear wheels.
Toyota says the 0-100km/h sprint takes 6.3 seconds – 1.1 seconds quicker than the old car's 7.4-second dash to triple figures.
Dimensionally, the GR 86 measures 4265mm long, 1775mm wide and 1310mm high, with a 2575mm wheelbase. Compared to the current generation, the new model is 25mm longer overall, 10mm lower, with an extra 10mm between the wheels.
The new car also carries 35kg of extra beef for a kerb weight of 1270kg in manual form.
Toyota says performance and handling are improved thanks to the use of aluminium roof panels and fenders, new front seats and redesigned mufflers which deliver a lower centre of gravity.
The brand goes on to say torsional rigidity has been improved by approximately 50 per cent to deliver even greater steering stability.
Underneath, there’s MacPherson front and double-wishbone rear suspension. The car also gets ventilated disc brakes all around.
The new GR 86 is expected to launch late this year or early in 2022, full specs and pricing will be announced closer to the car’s local arrival.
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