Local pricing has been confirmed for the hotly-anticipated Toyota GR86, for when it launches in New Zealand in September 2022.

The new 2022 GR86 is priced at:

GR86 GT MT 2.4L Six-speed Manual Transmission $56,990
GR86 GT AT 2.4L Six-speed Automatic Transmission$56,990

A successor to the well-revered Toyota 86, the all-new Toyota GR86 joins Toyota’s GAZOO Racing (GR) series line-up as the third model available in New Zealand.

The GR86 builds on the basis of the 86, only this time it returns with a larger and more powerful engine, improved torsion rigidity, precision handling and an updated interior. 

According to Toyota, the all-new GR86 is designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. It follows the form of Toyota’s commitment to build more exciting and driver-focused cars after Toyota’s president, Akio Toyoda, publicly said “no more boring cars” in early 2017. 

Toyota GAZOO Racing New Zealand’s General Manager, Andrew Davis says “the new GR86 carries a 60-year racing heritage into a street version that is built for a thrilling driving experience. The GR86 is a car for drivers who enjoy driving for sheer pleasure”.

While retaining the same format and shape of the previous 86, the GR86 has received many improvements. Lateral bending has been improved by approximately 60% and torsional rigidity has been enhanced by around 50%, providing pleasurable handling in all speed ranges for both urban and performance drivers.

At the heart of the car is a larger 2.4-litre horizontally opposed boxer four-cylinder engine, which replaces the 2.0-litre horizontally opposed unit of the old 86. The new 2.4-litre engine puts out 174kW (increase of 22-27kW) and 250Nm of torque, (increase of 38-45Nm), driving the rear-wheels via 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Peak torque also arrives at 3,700rpm, compared to the 86’s high 6,400rpm. The power-to-weight ratio is substantially improved through the generous use of aluminium.

This boost in power and torque compared with the previous Toyota 86 allows the new GR86 can cover the 0-100km/h sprint in just 6.4 seconds with a manual gearbox and 6.8 seconds with an automatic transmission – an increase of 1.4 seconds.

Other significant upgrades include premium 18-inch, 10-spoke matte black alloys shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres for better grip and performance.

Of course, Toyota hasn’t neglected the creature comforts. Newly designed front seats are heated and covered in perforated Ultrasuede with leather bolsters. There’s also a new infotainment system, including a larger 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers, voice recognition and both wired Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity. A redesigned 7-inch colour combination meter with digital speedometer and multi-information display are also included.

Although the GR86 has been created as almost a throw-back to the days of simple, fun-to-drive rear wheel-drive sports cars, it does not lack the latest in safety technology. Both variants include blind-spot detection, rear cross traffic alert and a tyre-pressure warning system. The automatic also receives driver assist technologies including a pre-collision braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, high beam assist and reverse automatic braking.

The GR86 will be available in seven exterior colours: Crystal White, Ice Silver, Magnetite Grey, Midnight Black, Hyper Blue, Spark Red, and Sapphire Blue (the latter two are new to the GR86).

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