New Toyota GR 86 spotted in testsAugust 10, 2020
The Japanese sports car has received a new design of the front and rear.
Finally, the second-generation Toyota 86 was spotted for the first time. Caught while testing on the busy streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, the prototype was spotted by Instagram user Kystify. Toyota and Subaru officially confirmed plans to continue their sports car partnership in September 2019 when the two Japanese brands announced that the 86 and BRZ models would follow, respectively.
Despite the abundance of rumors, there is still no official data on which direction the rear-wheel drive coupes will move in the next generation. Fortunately, the spy video gives us an insight into the exterior design of what looks like Toyota’s new coupe.
While the overall shape and proportions appear to be similar, it looks like the front and rear designs are significantly different from today’s 86. The heavily disguised prototype reminds us somewhat of the 86-based GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum unveiled in early 2013 by Gazoo Racing.
After dropping the GT name a few years ago, it looks like the 86 will again have a suffix, only this time it will be “GR” to denote Gazoo Racing’s involvement and reflect the GR Supra and GR Yaris. It is expected to arrive in the US as a 2022 model and the vehicle is reportedly due to launch in the US in July 2021.
The spy video is fueling rumors, published earlier this year by Japanese magazine Best Car, that the 86 and BRZ will ride on the same platform rather than migrating to the Toyota TNGA platform as originally thought. The familiar shape and size indicate an upgrade to the existing architecture, in the same vein as the 370Z.
Power is speculated to come from a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder with an as-yet-to-be confirmed 217 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. This will be a fairly modest 12 hp gain. and 28 Nm compared to the current 86.
The new 86 is said to be slightly longer, wider and shorter than its predecessor, while still weighing a bit. However, treat these details with some skepticism, since at the moment there has been no official information about the cars. Since the prototype seemingly carries an all-production body and headlights, this suggests a launch in 2021 is quite likely.
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