The Toyota GR 86 performance coupe is for those who desire an exhilarating, fast drive and sharp styling. Although the rear seats are a bit small, this sports car is still fun.
After a one year hiatus, the Toyota GR 86 marks a return to the Toyota 86. This second-generation performance coupe promises greater thrills due to its increased power, better handling and upgraded interior. The coupe delivers an authentic sports car experience, with fast acceleration and a stiff ride. The car can carry four people, but the rear seats make it difficult to use for short trips. The interior has been significantly updated with new materials and a modern, clean look. The standard equipment of the GR 86 includes a large infotainment screen, smartphone connectivity, and many safety features.
Pricing and Trims
Two trims of the Toyota GR 86 are available: Premium and Standard.
The GR 86 standard starts at less than $30,000. The standard GR 86 starts at under $30,000. It features 17-inch wheels, chrome-tipped dual exhausts, dual-zone automatic temperature control, dual-zone dual-zone climate control, six-way manual driver’s seat, suedelike doors trims, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column with silver contrast stitching, a leather wrapped shift knob, an 8 inch infotainment touchscreen and six-speaker stereo system. It also comes with standard pre-collision brake and lane departure warning when equipped with an automatic transmission. Optional subwoofers of 10 inches are available.
Premium includes an eight-speaker sound system, duckbill rear spoiler and LED headlights with adaptive lighting. 18-inch wheels are also included. Leather-trimmed parking brake, gearshift boot, suedelike door accents, aluminum sport pedals, and scuff plates are some of the other features. The Premium also includes a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert and parking sonar (automatic transmission only).
Performance and Engine
The Toyota GR 86’s 2.4-liter four cylinder engine produces 228 horsepower and 184 pound feet of torque. You can choose between a 6-speed manual transmission or an automatic six-speed transmission with paddle shifters. It is responsive and has strong acceleration. Toyota claims that the 0-60 mph acceleration time is 6.1 seconds for the manual and 6.6 seconds for the automatic. These times are significantly faster than the Toyota 86’s previous model. The Track drive mode is available for manual transmissions, while automatic-equipped GR 86 models can be set up with Normal, Sport and Snow modes. This allows them to better handle different weather conditions. You can expect an engaging, sporty ride, regardless of which drive mode you choose. The noise from the road and wind are very minimal. However, you’ll still hear the distinctive sound of the flat four engine. The Toyota is a sports car and sounds great. The handling is smooth and responsive, with a low center-of-gravity that allows for easy changes of direction in tight turns. Although the ride is smooth, the sport suspension can feel harsh on rough roads.
The Toyota GR 86’s cabin has been greatly improved over the [Toyota 86] coupe. Material quality is higher with leather- and suede-like trims. The front seats are supportive and comfortable with heavy padding to keep passengers in place when turning quickly. The seat bolsters can be a bit restrictive for large occupants, but the front seats offer enough headroom and legroom to accommodate tall adults. Rear passengers don’t have the same opportunities. Because the GR 86 coupe is a sport coupe, backseat space can be very tight. The GR 86 is quieter than road noise and wind, but the engine sound is loud and clear. This adds to the GR 86’s experience.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The Toyota GR 86 is a new model with an 8-inch touchscreen, a 6-speaker stereo system, and Android Auto. The GR 86 Premium trim adds an eight-speaker audio system. Both models come with a 200-watt subwoofer that is 10-inches in diameter.