2022 Toyota GR 86 Caught Testing In First Spy Video
Finally, the second generation Toyota 86 was spied on for the first time. Taken undergoing testing in the busy streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, the prototype was spotted by Instagram user Cystify who sent the juicy spy footage to YouTuber Matt Maran Motoring to share with the whole world. Although the clip is only a few seconds long, we’ll take what we can get since we’ve been waiting for the news from 86 for a long time.
Toyota and Subaru officially confirmed their intention to continue their merger with sports cars in September 2019, when the two Japanese brands announced that there would be follow-ups for the 86 and BRZ, respectively. While the rumor has done a lot of work, there are still no official details on where the rear-wheel-drive coupes will go with the next episode. Fortunately, the adjacent spy video gives us an idea of the exterior design of what appears to be the Toyota version.
While the overall shape and proportions seem similar, it looks like the front and rear designs are significantly different from today’s 86s. It might just be us, but the heavily camouflaged prototype reminds us a bit of the 86-based GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum (photo above) unveiled in early 2013 by Gazoo Racing.
After eschewing “GT” from its nickname a few years ago, it looks like the 86 will have a suffix again, but this time it will be “GR” to signal that Gazoo Racing is involved and to reflect the GR Supra and the GR Yaris. It is expected to arrive for the 2022 model year in the United States, and according to a Toyota insider who claims to be aware, the car will launch in the United States in July 2021.
Spy video fuels early-year rumor published by Japanese magazine Best car, claiming that the 86 and its sister BRZ would run on the same platform rather than switching to Toyota’s TNGA platform as originally believed. The familiar shape and size indicates an update to the existing architecture, in the same vein as the 370Z teased by Nissan, also hinting at a refresh of old bones.
Power would come from a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter flat-four with 217 horsepower and 177 pound-feet (240 Newton-meters) of torque yet to be confirmed. That would be a rather modest 12bhp and 21lb-ft (28Nm) bump compared to the automatic version of the current 86 and an extra 26lb-ft (35Nm) compared to the manual.
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The new 86 would be slightly longer, wider and lower than its predecessor while adding a bit of weight. However, take these details with the proverbial pinch of salt as none of the information is official at this point.
With the prototype seemingly wearing the full production body and lights, this suggests that the 2021 launch is plausible.