We saw thelast year and Sunday Toyota released its version. Welcome to the world of the second-generation Toyota 86 sports car, which makes a bow with more power, a heavier look and the same mission as its predecessor: to provide affordable fun to the masses.
Toyota unveiled the new 86 in Japan with partner Subaru showing off the BRZ for the first time locally. Although the two carry different wrappers, the 86 is again largely a car identical to the BRZ. Behind the wheel of the Toyota Gazoo Racing is a four-liter turbocharged four-liter engine, which makes 230 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. We’ll have to wait for the American specification units to see if the 86 really makes a couple more horsepower than the BRZ’s 228 hp or if the conversion of kilowatts to horsepower is generous. Toyota told Roadshow that specific US information will arrive in the coming weeks. Like the BRZ, the 2.4-liter engine replaces the 2.0-liter unit with more than 20 hp more and nearly 30 extra pound-feet.
Drivers will once again have the option of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and both send power exclusively to the rear tires, measuring 215/40, just like those on the BRZ. A set of 18-inch wheels are standard. With the manual transmission, a sprint from 0 to 62 mph should take 6.3 seconds, more than a second faster than the start 86, and the weight only increases 23 pounds when comparing new and old cars.
Roadshow understands that 86 was, in fact,to further differentiate the new coupe from the Subaru BRZ and, from the sound, the goal of the engineers was to create an even more sporty car. The company said Toyota and Subaru were involved in a “friendly rivalry” when the two teams developed the cars, and the former was working to build something a little rawer. It’s not entirely different from how the current 86 and BRZ are positioned, with the Subaru version, the more “luxurious” of the two, but it looks like Toyota worked to increase the feel, at least on paper. The automaker promises a “different” driving feel from its corporate cousin to meet the goal of achievable performance.
Body stiffness increases by 50% over the old 86, while the use of aluminum for roof panels helps keep the center of gravity low as a focal point. Aluminum is also directed towards bolts to help maintain the weight of the brake. The new seats and revised mufflers also help increase the minimum weight. Meanwhile, aerodynamic functional parts escapemotoring campaigns. The added weight that comes with it probably comes from the fact that Subaru’s new 86-pack EyeSight driver assistance technology. This time, the whole kit and caboodle are approaching the trip.
Speaking of kit, the cab remains a driver-centered area and, like the BRZ, gains a new 7-inch screen. When drivers get on, Toyota says an ingenious animation sequence inspired by the car’s boxer engine lights up. The materials of the 86 of the exit are quite good for the price and, hopefully, the 86 of the 2022 maintains it.
Heit absolutely embodies the joys of a “slow and fast driving” driving experience, and we’re pretty dazed to get behind the wheel of this new one. So far, evolutionary changes seem to lead to 2022 86, but you know what they say, don’t fix what doesn’t break. The new car will go on sale in Japan this fall and the launch in the United States should not be too far behind.