Toyota will breathe new life into its entry-level sports car – that’s the news that came out in February 2019 when the Japanese automaker confirmed that the Toyota 86 would return for a second generation. The Subaru version will also make a comeback, marking the continuation of the partnership.
After this announcement, however, Toyota is not keen to give details on the 86, and there hasn’t been a time when a prototype has been spotted – until last month. For a brief moment (seconds, actually), a camouflaged Toyota 86 prototype was seen driving around Michigan for the first time.
Of course, our team of graphic designers wasted no time and rendered based on this spy video (see images above), giving us what the second-gen Toyota 86 could look like.
The main thing we noticed here were the headlights, which look like what the GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum had in 2013. The lower section is different though, wearing a larger grille than the old Concept. It’s a simple look, and we hope Toyota can do the same for the production version.
Speaking of production, our sources say the next version of the rear-wheel drive sports car will be called the GR 86, reflecting Toyota’s Gazoo Racing involvement in its development. This will also keep the 86 in line with other Toyota sports cars like the GR Supra and GR Yaris. We also know that the upcoming GR 86 (and BRZ) will receive an interior power bump and remain naturally aspirated.
The upcoming GR 86 will debut for the 2022 model year, with an insider report indicating that it will make its global debut in July 2021.