Toyota's 2022 GR 86 will feature in Gran Turismo Sport
You'll be able to drive the GR 86 virtually later this year!
The 2022 Toyota GR 86 is a car that's been hotly anticipated for a while now. The official reveal only amplified that excitement, even though the launch car we got to see was in JDM spec and not the specification GR 86s in the US, UK and Europe will be like. Whilst you're going to have to wait for a while to be able to drive one in real life as deliveries (in Japan at least) won't be starting until late 2021, if you own a Playstation 4 or a Playstation 5 and a copy of Gran Turismo Sport you'll be able to drive the GR 86 virtually before then!
Players of Gran Turismo Sport will be able to drive the GR 86 as part of the new season of the Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Cup, in which players will compete in 7 rounds of a single-make series featuring multiple different Toyota Gazoo Racing-associated machinery. As well as the GR 86, you'll be able to drive the GR Supra, GR Yaris, 2000GT and the SF19 Super Formula car during the series. Qualifying rounds for the series will start on April 25 and run until August until the grand final on December 3. The GR 86 will be the car of choice for the Mount Panorama round on August 22, when players will be able to virtually experience the car on the legendary Australian circuit, with Toyota Gazoo Racing confirming that the GR 86 will be on the game's roster at some point in the "middle of the year".
Why make the car's in-game debut on Gran Turismo Sport? Toyota has a close relationship with Polyphony Digital, the developer of the legendary driving game series. The Toyota GR Supra's in-game debut happened on Gran Turismo Sport at a point when Toyota's cars were very noticeably absent in other gaming franchises such as Forza and Need For Speed, so it's not surprising at all that the GR 86 will pop up in the same game before it appears anywhere else. It's also very likely that the GR 86 could appear in Gran Turismo 7 if it's already being included in Gran Turismo Sport, although to see if that's the case we'll have to wait until 2022.
The 2022 Toyota GR 86 will carry on the winning formula of its predecessor. It'll be a light, cost-effective front-engined rear-wheel-drive sports car with a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated boxer engine producing 231 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It'll be available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.