2023 Toyota GR86 overview | CarExpert

The second-generation Toyota GR86 has lastly arrived, and it’s not the price range sports activities automotive it as soon as was. Not even shut.

The place the headline-grabbing worth of $29,990, the unique 86 was designed to place affordability again into sports activities vehicles, 10 years on I’d argue the identical might be mentioned of the brand new model – even with the numerous worth bump.

Whereas fanboys and lovers might have been hooked on the purity and unapologetic simplicity of the bare-bones Toyota 86, the brand new GR86 smashes it on each stage.

Possibly I simply didn’t get the unique method, or extra probably, my inner benchmark for an inexpensive front-engine, rear-drive sports activities automotive had been set manner too excessive all these many years years in the past after I owned a Datsun 240Z.

The Z was a well-engineered automotive providing excellent straight-six efficiency, however at a worth most individuals with a job may afford, or a minimum of aspire to personal – the poor man’s E-Kind it was typically referred to.

Entrance-engined, rear-drive sports activities vehicles with beauty have at all times been in brief provide aside from the Mazda MX-5, so I used to be nonetheless eager as mustard to get behind the wheel of the unique 86, given the common hype.

Nonetheless, the general expertise left me underwhelmed. It was too gradual, with garbage tyres and a decidedly lacklustre exhaust be aware from an underpowered engine that did nothing to convey out the boy racer in me.

I did like the best way it regarded, and the worth was proper. Ultimately it mattered little what I assumed as a result of the 86 turned out to be a severe success story, with practically 22,000 examples bought within the final 10 years, regardless of its shortcomings.  

The GR86 is a distinct proposition. At first look it seems to be much like the Collection 1, however up shut it’s a much more resolved design with much more happening.

If the Collection 2 has misplaced any of that boy-racer picture of the unique, it may solely be an excellent factor. It’s prone to broaden the enchantment of this real sports activities automotive even additional.

The GR86 is longer and decrease than the 86 (with a barely longer wheelbase), however now with the trademark Gazoo Racing black mesh grille, flanked by purposeful intakes that channel air for much less front-end disturbance.

It’s all within the curiosity of enhancing aerodynamics, in addition to enhancing airflow to the radiator, quite than within the identify of trend. Look carefully and also you’ll discover a collection of steps on the entrance splitter, inclined at a exact 45 levels to assist with dealing with stability. The GR86 additionally will get a flat underbody plate up entrance, once more to streamline the airflow.

Even the headlight meeting has been streamlined and now affords extra highly effective lighting with adaptive LEDs all spherical, with lively steering on the higher-spec GTS variations.

It appears no half has been left untouched. Entrance and rear guards are visually beefier, whereas rocker mouldings kick up on the rear to scale back air move disturbance on the wheels.

The door mirrors are bigger for higher visibility however they’re additionally extra aerodynamic than these on the unique 86, one thing I seen whereas merely pulling out of a relaxation space on the highway drive.

Each GR86 grades additionally get new wheel designs (17s for GT, 18s for GTS), and there are aero fins on the rear guards which might be mentioned to assist dynamic stability.

Capping it off are the twin built-in exhaust suggestions positioned contained in the rear bumper/diffuser. All-in-all it’s a much more mature look than the unique 86, and all the higher for it.  

Toyota has additionally addressed the largest disadvantage of the unique mannequin: a complete lack of grunt from its naturally aspirated engine.

The whole automotive has been made much more stiff with 60 per cent extra lateral rigidity up entrance, whereas on the rear, the GR86 advantages from 50 per cent extra torsional stiffness.

Moreover, light-weight measures have been utilized in all essential areas across the automotive. The bonnet, roof and entrance guards are comprised of aluminium, however extra weight-saving methods have been employed within the engine and seat, in addition to in different minor parts.

Upgrades embrace revised damper and spring charges together with aluminium engine mount brackets and rebound springs. Even the steering gearbox mount has been made stiffer.

The brakes have been beefed up within the new GR86, which this time spherical options bigger ventilated discs measuring 294mm up entrance and 290mm on the rear.

How a lot does the Toyota GR86 value?

First up, it’s not the bargain-priced sports activities automotive it as soon as was.

The vary kicks off with the bottom GR86 GT at $43,240 earlier than on-road prices no matter which transmission you select. That makes the most affordable guide 86 a wallet-lightening $2950 costlier than the bottom Subaru BRZ guide, which prices $40,290.

The shopping for equation modifications with the automated nonetheless, as a result of Subaru costs a premium. The bottom BRZ automated ($44,090) is $850 costlier than the 86 GT automated – however in contrast to the Toyota it options blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Priced from $45,390 earlier than on-roads, the range-topping GR86 GTS is $3800 costlier than the equal BRZ with a guide ($41,590), however is priced identically with an automated transmission.

The BRZ and GR86 are constructed on the identical manufacturing unit by Fuji Heavy Industries, which additionally provides the engine, and are nearly equivalent mechanically, aside from particular tuning by Toyota’s GR engineers.

Within the meantime, Toyota Australia has secured 1100 examples of the brand new GR86 coupe over the primary 12 months of gross sales – a quantity which we extremely doubt will come near matching demand, regardless of the worth rise.

In fact, it’s a distinct sort of proposition, however the Mazda MX-5 remains to be a front-engine, rear-drive sports activities automotive priced from $37,990 for the bottom guide, and climbing as excessive as $51,700 for the MX-5 GT RS Handbook.

Consumers have the selection between a six-speed torque-converter automated, or a six-speed guide gearbox – there’s no extra cost for the automated.

2023 Toyota GR86 pricing:

  • Toyota GR86 GT: $43,240
  • Toyota GR86 GTS: $45,390

All costs exclude on-road prices

What’s the Toyota GR86 like on the within?

Earlier 86 house owners will probably really feel proper at house within the new-generation GR86, save for brand new screens and a barely cleaner ‘horizontal’ design throughout the dashboard.

No query it’s a cosy match within the cockpit, which largely retains the identical dimensions because the outgoing mannequin. Being to seat 4 folks within the GR86 (and BRZ) is an enormous plus for these of us with children (or canines), even when it’s a tight squeeze again there.

Commonplace equipment for 2023 is an all-new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment show changing the previous 7.0-inch unit, providing Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB+ digital radio.

It’s fast to course of inputs and there’s a couple of knobs and dials for simple entry to quantity and station tuning to make life simpler on the run.

It’s additionally paired with a 7.0-inch digital instrument gauge which is reconfigurable with Regular, Sport and Monitor drive modes, although deep color replica isn’t one in all its sturdy factors.

Fortunately, the dual-zone local weather management makes use of three massive dials incorporating digital readouts, with a financial institution of rocker-style switches under controlling varied different AC capabilities.

The low-slung driving place is excellent, as are the correctly bolstered seats that provide a decrease hip level for diminished lateral motion and a decrease centre of gravity. They’re now lighter by 1.5kg, however extra snug due to new seat springs.

Toyota has shrunk the leather-wrapped steering wheel diameter barely, with each tilt and attain adjustability.

Usually, we most well-liked the extra luxurious Ultrasuede/leather-based accented upholstery within the GTS for its additional physique grip, however there’s not a lot between it and the common material within the GT so far as consolation goes.

Even the rear seats achieve extra cushioning in addition to higher ingress and egress due to extra considerate ergonomics through a brand new shoulder-mounted seat folding lever.

Storage smart, there’s a brand new double-door centre console field with two USB ports and two cupholders, whereas glovebox capability has been elevated by 25 per cent.

Whereas boot area is minimal at 237 litres, Toyota’s press equipment proudly boasts there’s sufficient area to haul 4 spare tyres within the baggage space with the rear seats folded – track-day warriors will little question be impressed.

What’s underneath the bonnet?

On the coronary heart of the brand new GR86 is a bigger 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated horizontally-opposed four-cylinder petrol engine making 174kW of energy at 7000rpm, and 250Nm of torque from 3700rpm – an enchancment of 22kW and 38Nm over the two.0-litre unit it replaces.

The additional grunt made by the bigger engine delivers noticeably extra efficiency, particularly with the guide, which may scoot from 0-100km/h in simply 6.3 seconds (down from 7.6s). The GR86 auto wants 6.8 seconds to do the identical dash.

Solely the cylinder block and cylinder heads have been carried over from the unique 2.0-litre unit, however with elevated bore and inlet valve diameters.

Nearly the whole lot else has been optimised, together with a brand new, light-weight resin rocker cowl in favour of aluminium. The higher part of the oil pan is new, however encompasses a stiffer cross part for enhanced rigidity.

Moreover, and a part of the explanation for the automotive’s delayed arrival, issues like throttle response and the EPS had been re-tuned after firm boss Akio Toyoda put the automotive by means of its paces throughout the prolonged improvement part.

The GR86 has a 50-litre gasoline tank, and drinks 98 RON premium unleaded.

Claimed gasoline financial system:

  • GT guide: 9.4 litres per 100km
  • GT automated: 8.7 litres per 100km
  • GTS guide: 9.5 litres per 100km
  • GTS automated: 8.8 litres per 100km

How does the Toyota GR86 drive?

First off we sampled the GTS guide on some quiet nation B-roads in and round Phillip Island earlier than heading onto the mainland for some correctly spirited GR86 piloting.

Initially, I rode shotgun – the perfect place to check out the suspension compliance and common journey consolation.

With out driving the previous and the brand new variations back-to-back it’s tough to check precisely, however suffice to say the GR86 is of course skewed in direction of a sportier, firmer journey. It’s under no circumstances busy in that regard and exactly what I hoped for.

Higher nonetheless, there was loads of alternative to check bump absorption over roads suffering from cracks and obliterated asphalt.

Even at a strong tempo, rowing by means of all of the gears, mid-corner bumps refused to unsettle its pin-point accuracy by means of the road. It’s spectacular in that regard and testomony to the suspension work as an entire, together with smaller issues like the brand new engine mounts designed to scale back vibration.

There’s by no means any tram-lining even if you’re have a correct crack, so the automotive feels rock strong and confidence inspiring.

It’s acquired some go regardless of what some might consider its 6.3-second zero-to-100km/h, which by the best way matches the Mk8 VW Golf GTI with dual-clutch auto.   

Whereas I used to be a harsh critic of acceleration tempo of the 86, this genuinely feels fast from the get-go and retains on pulling effectively into licence-shredding territory. I’m not even certain you want something faster than this – it’s merely higher than what I used to be anticipating on this regard.

Throttle response is tremendous sharp even within the Regular drive mode, a lot in order that we needed to run some back-to-back exams between it and Sport to recognise the additional oomph delivered, most of which comes on music within the mid-range.

There’s a contact extra urgency within the Monitor setting, however once more it’s solely simply discernible from the opposite modes. Extra importantly, it permits drivers to decide on between 5 completely different VSC settings from full assist to all off.

General, we just like the guide shift motion. It’s nonetheless notchy (I don’t thoughts that), with comparatively brief throws between gear ratios, a minimum of on the highway the place the driving model is often much less frenetic.

Steering weight feels a tad lighter however it additionally feels faster, which once more evokes a number of confidence at tempo and with fast modifications of course when required. It’s laborious to not be impressed, this actually is a big leap ahead in so some ways.

The place the GR86 actually begins to shine is within the dealing with division. It’s rock strong at velocity by means of the bends and laps up the fast left-right-left sections with absolute aplomb.

It’s no completely different if you’re pushing laborious on observe, it’s simply as reassuring. Maybe much more so given the g-loads.

Whereas the brakes have been upgraded, pedal really feel and the preliminary chew feels a bit numb. You actually need to work these stoppers to get the perfect out of them, although it nonetheless wants bigger rotors, particularly when you’re going to trace your GR86.

On observe we tasted each the GT automated and GTS guide, each of that are assured to place a smile in your face, albeit for various causes.

However the observe laps additionally uncovered a couple of kinks within the armour of the GR86, not the least of which was the automated transmission.

Largely the transmission performs admirably, given it not a quick-shifting dual-clutch unit, however the place it may waver is within the tighter corners on observe at Phillip Island, reminiscent of MG, the place you’d prefer to fast shift from fourth right down to second, but it received’t have interaction the latter – requiring a second pull of the paddle. It’s irritating to say the least.

The one different grievance was at full tilt down the principle straight – shifting from fourth as much as fifth and experiencing a noticeable lack of torque within the mentioned gear – to the purpose the place it was higher to attempt to go away it in fourth into flip one (within the auto).

If there was a problem with guide transmission, it solely surfaced on observe, although not in the identical vein. Whereas the six-speed unit seems like a short-throw field on the highway, it’s decidedly much less so on observe.

Once more, brief shifting into MG from fourth right down to second gear proved difficult, even for among the professional drivers. There’s no auto rev-matching within the GR86 – just like the GR Yaris and GR Supra – which could have made issues simpler, however most of the time you’ll find yourself with unwieldy engine braking that may gradual the automotive down an excessive amount of.

Stopping energy (or a scarcity of) additionally solely appeared throughout the observe classes. Every was solely two flying laps earlier than the vehicles wanted to relaxation to chill the brakes, although the Michelin tyres carried out admirably underneath the identical situations.

Throughout one session, I ran out of brakes coming into flip 4; they rapidly recovered, however I’d recommend the GR86 may gain advantage vastly from bigger rotors for these house owners eager to trace their vehicles.

I recall the previous-gen Peugeot 308 GTi was outfitted with brake rotors slightly below 400mm in measurement, and that was automotive that might do numerous laps at a good circuit like Ascari in Spain, with out a lot as a touch of fade.

Maybe it’s one thing Toyota may look to as a supplier improve choice, or I belief the aftermarket will oblige.

What do you get?

GR86 GT highlights:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 215/45 R17 Michelin tyres
  • LED headlights
  • LED daytime working lights
  • LED rear fog lights
  • Black material entrance seats
  • Leather-based steering wheel, shift knob
  • Twin-zone local weather management
  • 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • DAB+ radio
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • Keyless entry and begin
  • Energy fold and heated door mirrors
  • Handbook tilt and attain steering wheel adjustment
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AT solely)
  • Lane departure warning (AT solely)
  • 7 airbags
  • Tyre strain monitoring
  • Cruise management

GR86 GTS provides:

  • Matte black 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 215/40 R18 Michelin tyres
  • Adaptive LED headlights (turns with steering)
  • Ultrasuede inside trim
  • Heated entrance seats
  • Aluminium pedals, scuff plates
  • Lights for solar visors
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert


  • Storm Black
  • White Liquid
  • Magnetic Gray
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Apollo Blue
  • Fast Blue
  • Spark Crimson

Premium paints value $550 – i.e. all colors besides Storm Black

Is the Toyota GR86 secure?

The Toyota GR86 nor its Subaru BRZ twin have been crash examined by ANCAP or Euro NCAP, and due to this fact are unrated.

Disappointingly, the GR86 GT guide doesn’t function any lively security or driver help methods, nonetheless, choosing the GT automated will get you a extra beneficiant security suite.

Commonplace security options (auto) embrace:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
  • Adaptive cruise management
  • Lane departure warning
  • Excessive-beam help

GR86 GTS provides:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane-change help
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

How a lot does the Toyota GR86 value to run?

The GR86 is roofed by Toyota’s five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee, extending to seven years on the engine and driveline when you follow the producer’s service schedule throughout the supplier community.

Service intervals are 12-months or 15,000km – whichever comes first.

Capped-price servicing for the primary 5 years/75,000km prices $280 a pop, which is fairly affordable.

CarExpert’s Tackle the Toyota GR86

I’m tempted to say the GR86 is the automotive the unique 86 ought to have been from the outset, such is the advance on a holistic stage.

Toyota has managed to ship a real hard-charging sports activities automotive with vastly superior handing and greater than sufficient go to get the guts racing, they usually’ve achieved it with out resorting to turbocharging. That’s commendable.

It’s not the sports activities automotive cut price it as soon as was, however you get what you pay for because the saying goes – on this case, quite a bit greater than you bought with the earlier iteration.

The one difficulty is prone to be one in all provide to fulfill the inevitable demand.

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