Following the reveal of the redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ last November, Toyota announced a redesigned version of the sports car's twin in April. On Wednesday, Toyota confirmed some additional information on trim levels, power ratings, equipment, and on-sale date.
The 2022 Toyota 86 gets "GR" badging (short for "Gazoo Racing") like the latest Supra, plus the same mechanical and styling updates as the BRZ. That means a larger engine, but without the turbocharger some fans had wanted, and a stiffer chassis. Toyota says the changes earn the 86 a racing division GR badge, which essentially means it's track ready.
The new 2.4-liter flat-4 replaces the outgoing model's 2.0-liter flat-4, but the 86 retains rear-wheel drive and available 6-speed or automatic transmissions. The automatic now has adaptive controls that sense the brake and throttle positions to provide the best gear for the situation.
2022 Toyota 86
Output increases to 228 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, up from 205 hp and 156 lb-ft in the old car. Toyota also quotes a much lower torque peak of 3,700 rpm, compared to 6,700 rpm before, with max hp at 7,000 rpm. Toyota quotes a 0-62 mph time of 6.1 seconds, down from 7.0 seconds, with the manual and 6.6 seconds, down from 8.0, with the automatic.
The 86 gets the same styling changes as the 2022 BRZ, including functional side air intakes and new taillights, but with a Toyota-specific grille. Toyota says the functional side intakes improve steering stability. Dimensions have shifted somewhat, with a slightly longer wheelbase and overall length, but a slightly lower height. The car features aluminum roof panels to lower the center of gravity, plus aluminum front fenders and redesigned seats to further reduce weight to just over 2,800 lb, according to Toyota. Torsional rigidity has increased by about 50%, the automaker says, thanks to frame and crossmember enhancements.
The air outlets, side sill spoilers, and other aero kit pieces were all cribbed from 86 models participating in motorsports events. The car continues with a MacPherson strut front suspension and a double-wishbone rear suspension.
2022 Toyota 86
Like the BRZ, the 86 has a 7.0-inch digital display in the instrument cluster. It shows a graphic of the engine's opposed-piston movement on startup and has three display modes: Normal, Sport, and Track. The standard infotainment touchscreen is now bigger at 8.0 inches.
The 2022 86 comes in base and Premium models. Standard equipment on the base model includes Apple CarPlay and Android, a six-speaker audio system, a three-month satellite radio subscription, LED headlights, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, and 17-inch Michelin Primacy tires. Those all-season tires should make it easy to drift in the 86, just like the first generation.
Premium models add an eight-speaker audio system, leather and Alcantara upholstery, adaptive headlights, a duckbill rear spoiler, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires on 18-inch wheels for better grip and faster track times.
2022 Toyota 86
Automatic-transmission models will also come with Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist technology, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and automatic high beams.
All 2022 Toyota 86 buyers will get a one-year membership to the National Auto Sport Association and instruction at a high-performance driving event.
Prices and fuel-economy for the 2022 Toyota 86 will be revealed closer to its launch in the fourth quarter of this year.
2022 Toyota 86 and 2022 Subaru BRZ
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—Senior Editor Kirk Bell contributed to this report.