Has Toyota fixed the 86's biggest issue with the new 2022 GR86?
Is there more power?
The enthusiast-favorite Toyota 86 was due for a rework, having been around the market for over nine years. And now, the the Toyota 86's retirement has come, with the replacement coming in hot: the GR86.
Built in conjunction with Subaru, the GR86 and the BRZ are awfully similar. However, that's not much of an issue given that the prior-generation 86 was also built with the help of Subaru. The Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86 are both magnificent cars, and are highly esteemed by the car community. However, there has always been one complaint: there's not enough power.
You'll be happy to hear that Toyota has mended this issue by adding some more power in the new GR86. The new 2.0L four cylinder produces 228 horsepower, which is 23 horsepower more than the outgoing Toyota 86. That's not a ton of extra power, but it certainly has made the 0-60 run much faster. It's over a second faster than the outgoing 86, with the time coming in at 6.3 seconds (down from 7.4 seconds).
So yes, Toyota has fixed the power issue, only by adding an extra 23 horsepower. The real question now is this: will that make a difference in the driving experience? And while sure, we will only find out once this car is tested, the one-second faster zero-to-sixty sure makes it seem that Toyota has fixed the problem slow problem.
As a whole, the new GR86 is a Subaru BRZ with new badges, different (and arguably better) styling, and a different name. And that's not entirely a bad thing, as both cars were jointly produced to provide one of the best driving experiences you can get on a budget. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, however, by judging the current 86's pricing, you can expect a $30,000 price tag. A manual transmission will be standard, with a 6-speed automatic coming in as an option. And with a significantly faster product, the car promises the same old fun that the outgoing 86 offered.
The GR86 will launch in Japan in fall of 2021, with a US launch date unknown at the time of writing this article.