How does the GR 86 ride?
The GR 86 is the epitome of “driving pleasure”. Its simple combination of low weight and agile handling encourages its driver to have fun, whether on a two-lane road or for timed laps on a race track. Its handling is welcoming and informative for beginners, but also pleasant for experienced drivers. Although these characteristics are similar in the last generation model, the 2022 GR 86 has several key improvements.
The first is a power upgrade. Like its predecessor, the GR 86 has a horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine mounted at the front. In addition to a larger displacement of 2.4 liters and improvements to the intake and exhaust, the engine produces 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft, an increase of 23 hp and 28 lb-ft. compared to the previous model.
As modest as this increase may sound, it addresses the biggest complaint we had with the previous 2.0-liter engine – that it was generally unsatisfying to drive unless you turned the engine up to its line. red at all times. The extra power gives the GR 86 more oomph in more places, improving its responses on the track and during journeys. Toyota claims that the manual GR 86 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, which is about a second faster than the previous model. (The optional automatic is rated at 6.6 seconds.)
Beyond the increase in power, the difference in direction is obvious. The GR 86’s steering wheel moves with more linearity and speed, offering a greater sense of openness to the driver compared to the previous model.
The 2022 GR 86 comes with two different wheel and tire sizes. The base trim comes with 17-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Primacy tires, while the Premium trim has 18-inch wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S performance tires. The base tires have less maximum grip than the Michelin ones, but they’re still fun to drive because they highlight the playfulness of the chassis at low speeds – these are the tires to get for easy drifting. The Premium trim significantly increases the available traction and provides higher cornering speeds without lowering the car’s balance. There is also a track driving mode setting that recalls the intervention of the stability control so as to allow drivers to approach the limits of the GR 86 without fear of going off the track.
While the manual transmission is the funniest part of the GR 86, the optional automatic gearbox reacts fairly quickly to its paddle shifters and large downshifts happen smoothly so as not to disturb the middle of the car.
Is the GR 86 comfortable?
Time constraints meant we had only driven the GR 86 on a racetrack, so we’ll have to wait until we can test a car on local roads to assess ride quality and interior noise. For now, we can say that the 2.4-liter engine develops a pleasant sound close to the red line.
The GR 86 features bucket seats with aggressive side bolsters that keep you in place through tight turns. The seats and steering wheel provide enough adjustment ranges for drivers of most sizes. But even when adjusted and installed, some drivers may find their left knee bruised from pressing it against the door when cornering at high speed.
How is the interior of the GR 86?
The interior of the GR 86 remains quite minimalist in its design but functional. A digital instrument panel sits behind a thick, padded steering wheel with a basic but straightforward set of controls.
When you engage Track mode or turn Stability Control off, the tachometer will switch to a bar-style display that minimizes lower engine revs and prioritizes your view of engine revs near the red line. Combined with an audible alert, you’ll never need to guess when to step up a gear. Track mode also adds a manually triggered stopwatch to the gauge cluster
The clean dash is adorned with keyless ignition, dual-zone climate controls and an easily identifiable row of rocker switches. In addition to the larger wheels and tires, the Premium trim level adds comfort features such as heated front seats and additional leather and suede surfaces.
How is the technology of the GR 86?
The GR 86 comes standard with an 8-inch central touchscreen with Android Auto smartphone connectivity and Apple CarPlay. A six-speaker audio system is standard, while the top-of-the-line Premium trim level benefits from an eight-speaker system.
In terms of safety and driving aids, all GR 86 are equipped with seven airbags, hill start assistance and a reversing camera. Only models equipped with an automatic transmission have advanced assistances such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and collision mitigation.
How is the GR 86 stored?
The GR 86’s coupe profile offers minimal cargo space (6.3 cubic feet) compared to similarly priced hatchbacks such as the Hyundai Veloster N or the Volkswagen GTI. Space may seem tight, but the folding rear seats ensure there is ample room for four mounted wheels and the basic tools owners would use on a day on the track.
Is the GR 86 good value for money?
While Toyota has yet to formalize pricing information, brand representatives have said the base GR 86 will start “comfortably” under $ 30,000 before destination charges. This award places the GR 86 among other compact sports cars including the Hyundai Veloster N, Mazda Miata, Subaru WRX and Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Of this group, the GR 86 and the Miata are the only two rear-wheel drive, giving them unique handling advantages. Compared to the Miata, the GR 86 offers more power, a fixed roof, rear seats and more storage space.
How economical is the GR 86?
Toyota says the GR 86 will get 21 mpg combined with the manual transmission, which trails comparably equipped competitors by a significant margin. The Miata, for example, gets 29 mpg with its manual transmission. The estimate increases to 24 mpg combined with the automatic, which falls in the middle of the pack among similar vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions.
The soul of low-cost, fun-to-drive sports coupes lives on in the new Toyota GR 86 2022. With revised styling and a much needed power boost, this new 86 can put a smile on anyone’s face, regardless of budget. or skill level.