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Toyota has released the successor to the GT86, and it is now known as the Toyota Gazoo Racing GR 86, and it has been co-developed with the new BRZ.

06 Apr 2021 | International News : Japan


Toyota developed the original 86 with the goal of delivering the dreams and the joy of driving inherent in sports cars to its customers. Conceived as a front-engine, rear-wheel drive vehicle with intuitive handling and instinctive responsiveness, the 86 launched in 2012.

Since then, the vehicles have been utilised as base models for a variety of participatory motorsports, including rallies, one-make races, gymkhana, and dirt trials, while others have been uniquely customised. A total of more than 200,000 86s have been sold worldwide, playing the role of reliable partners for their owners.

The GR 86 maintains its low and board stance, together with a low centre of gravity 
Toyota Gazoo Racing's (TGR) new GR 86 and Subaru's new BRZ were jointly developed. Yet, although the two vehicles share the same vehicle base, the two companies focused on imbuing their respective models with a distinct driving feel.

While engaging in friendly rivalry with the BRZ development team, TGR sought to develop a vehicle that would provide happiness to 86 fans, and realise an evolution of the 86's unique driving sensations. As a result, the new GR 86 is specially designed for sports performance, and provides direct and satisfying driving performance of the highest order.

With fender tops that extend horizontally to the beltline, the GR 86 boasts a stance distinctive of front-engine, rear-wheel drive vehicles. Its low, horizontal underbody and narrow cabin rear combine to create a broad and low appearance. The front of the vehicle features the Gazoo Racing-specific Functional Matrix Grille, which fuses performance and emotionality.

There are various switches and a horizontally-placed screen for the infotainment system. The infotainment screen is also optimally located to allow the driver to concentrate on driving. The instrument cluster has a 7.0-inch TFT screen, with its opening animation sequence inspired by the piston movements of the GR 86's horizontally-opposed engine, fostering a sense of excitement before the drive begins.

The interior of the GR 86 is driver-focused with digital screens providing the driver with all necessary information
Sporting a lightweight, compact engine with a low centre of gravity like before, the GR 86 increases its displacement size from 2.0-litres to 2.4-litres. With this improved performance, zero to 100km/h acceleration comes to 6.3 seconds - down from the 7.4 seconds of the GT86. Engine responsiveness has also been enhanced, providing smooth, stress-free sensations from low to high revs.

The dimensions of the new GR 86 are almost identical to the GT 86. Limiting both the overall height and hip-point of the vehicle helps lower the centre of gravity and enhance turning performance, delivering the agility required of an 86. The use of aluminium for the roof panels results in a lower centre of gravity, while aluminium fenders and updated front seats and mufflers contribute to reduced weight.

Body rigidity has been improved, with the goal of offering pleasurable handling in all speed ranges - from urban driving to the upper limits of performance. Torsional rigidity has been also enhanced by approximately 50% over the previous model for greater steering stability. The GR 86 also has air outlets, side sill spoilers, and other parts that improve steering responsiveness and stability.

The GR 86 comes with a manual or automatic transmission, with the automatic version of the GR 86 coming with Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. This system of comprehensive safety technologies provides safety support during everyday driving with pre-collision safety technologies that help avoid or reduce collision impacts, and emergency rescue support and secondary collision avoidance support in the event of an accident.

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