Toyota is outwardly holding again its second-generation 86, presumably prefixed ‘GR’, to be able to make it higher than the new Subaru BRZ.
Each the 86 and BRZ are all however positive to share the identical powertrain – that being a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated flat 4.
Subaru’s mannequin produces 170kW/250Nm however, in keeping with Japan’s Best Car Web, Toyota’s boss, Akio Toyoda, instructed the event workforce: “Intention to distinguish efficiency from the BRZ.”
That’s anticipated to come back within the type of completely different gearing to enhance acceleration in addition to a revised tune of the boxer engine.
Greatest Automobile Net estimates outputs of 172kW/250Nm. Mixed with shorter gearing, the GR 86 might really feel a good bit quicker, regardless of the tiny energy distinction.
Just like the Subaru, count on the 86 to characteristic a guide transmission. By way of platform, Subaru’s BRZ makes use of an analogous platform to the previous mannequin however with a number of tweaks.
The brand new coupe is stiffer and extra responsive by means of a 60 per cent improve in entrance axle rigidity and an total rigidity enhance of fifty per cent. The centre of gravity is decrease than earlier than, a feat in itself contemplating how low the previous one was, whereas Macpherson strut entrance suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension carries over from earlier than.
The GR can even get barely completely different styling to its Subaru counterpart, just like how the BRZ had a smiley grille while the 86 wore an angry frown.
Toyota was beforehand anticipated to launch the GR 86 earlier than the top of 2021, like Subaru, however has but to point out its hand. Presumably, that’s as a result of it’s nonetheless figuring out the ultimate kinks within the efficiency of its small coupe.