Toyota has finally released the all-new GR 86 for the U.S. market. While it's going to be a while before the Philippines is going to receive this new model, it’s a good preview of what we can expect.
The 2022 Toyota GR 86 for the U.S. market
Now for the U.S. version, new owners of the GR 86 are entitled to a one-year complimentary membership to NASA. No, not the American space agency, but rather the National Auto Sport Association. The said membership to NASA also features a high-performance driving event complete with inputs from an expert instructor. This of course further exemplifies just how sporty the new GR 86 really is. And of course, the aforementioned complimentary NASA membership is also available on the 2022 GR Supra.
As for the car itself, the U.S.-spec GR 86 looks the same as the one that debuted in Japan. It gets a slick new design, which is markedly different from its Subaru BRZ platform sibling. Well, other than the BRZ being right-hand drive.
This means that the U.S.-spec GR 86 is still a 2+2, rear-wheel-drive coupe with lots of functional air vents. For its size, the curb weight clocks in at a light 1,270 kg. This is mainly thanks to its aluminum fenders and roof panels.
No, it can't take you to space, but you'll be over the moon with its track performance
For the mechanical bits, it uses a similar 2.4-liter, naturally-aspirated Boxer-four engine found on the Japanese version. However, the U.S.-spec version now makes 228 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. Compare that to the outgoing U.S.-spec 86, which can make 202 horsepower and 212 Nm of torque.
Depending on the variant, the new U.S.-spec GR 86 comes with either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic gearbox. For the manual versions, Toyota claims that it can achieve a 0 to 100 km/h time of 6.1 seconds.
As with the Toyota GR 86 and Subaru BRZ released in Japan, both trims of the U.S.-spec GR 86 come standard with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist safety suite. This includes technologies like a lane departure warning system, pre-collision throttle management, pre-collision braking, and adaptive cruise control, among others.
Check out the U.S.-spec GR 86's interior
With regards to the Philippine market, Toyota has yet to release any details as to when we’re getting the new GR 86. In turn, Motor Image Pilipinas, the official distributor of Subaru cars in the local market, has already affirmed that the new BRZ is indeed coming to our shores.
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Know more about Toyota 86 2023
The Toyota 86 2023 is a 2+2 seater sports car sold in two variants: one equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, the other having a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Both are powered by the same 2.0-liter direct-injection boxer engine that spins the rear wheels. The 86 Philippines measures 4,240mm long, 1,775mm wide, and 1,320mm high on a 2,570mm wheelbase.
Toyota 86 prices in the Philippines range from Php 2,086,000 for the base manual and Php 2,201,000 for the higher-spec automatic version. White Pearl options carry an additional premium of Php 15,000 over the standard pricing. In the sports car segment, the Toyota 86 does battle with the Subaru BRZ, as well as the Nissan 370Z and the Mazda MX-5 RF. The lowest monthly installment is Php 25,143 for the 86 manual, spread across 60 months on a downpayment of 50 percent.
Cesar G.B. Miguel