The new Toyota GR86 is (finally) here

Long at last

When Subaru unveiled the 2nd gen BRZ, everybody assumed Toyota would immediatelly follow up with the new 86 but instead they took their sweet time to unveil the replacement for the driver-friendly 2-door sportscar. Well, it's finally here and the main reason why they took so long is that they wanted to make a statement by officially calling a 'GR' car, the third Toyota to join the GR series after the GR Supra and the GR Yaris.

Thanks to its simple front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout and reasonable price tag, Toyota sold over 200,000 86s have been sold worldwide and the good news all the elements that made the 86 popular are still there. Just like the old model, the new GR86 was jointly developed with Subaru and the cars are virtually identical underneath.

Powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, the GR86 does 0-60 in 6.3 seconds - 1.1 seconds faster than the old model - and it's still prioritizes the driving pleasure over, well, pretty much everything else.

There are new air outlets, new side sill spoilers and the cabin has been upgraded with a new 7-inch TFT screen but this being one of the last-standing bastions of lightweight sportscars, it just has everything you need and nothing you don't.

Pricing to be announced at a later date.

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