The 2022 Toyota 86 has arrived, and once again it appears nearly identical to the Subaru BRZ.
But as fans of back-to-basics rear-wheel-drive sports cars know, that’s no bad thing. The redesigned BRZ bowed last year, but it took Toyota’s Gazoo Racing arm until this month to unveil the latest 86.
The 86 looks just like the BRZ aside from some minor revisions to its front and rear bumpers, its wheel designs, and some interior trim.
Underhood, it makes use of a 2.4-liter flat-4 engine largely developed by Subaru, which drives the rear wheels through either a standard 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Subaru has said that the U.S.-specification BRZ produces 228 horsepower, though Toyota is remaining tight-lipped on exact details for the 86. Don’t expect many surprises.
Toyota doesn’t hide the fact that the 86 and BRZ share development. In fact, the automaker even referred to their co-development as a “friendly” rivalry — one that should be rather chummy since Toyota owns a slice of Subaru.
Previously, the 86 differed from the BRZ largely in its suspension tuning. Traditionally, the BRZ has been more commonly available with a manual transmission in the U.S. as well.
While the 86 unveiled in Japan bears GR — Gazoo Racing — badging — it’s not clear if Toyota will market the car with that name here, or if it will revert to the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) badging it more commonly uses in the U.S.
Under current Toyota chief — and family heir — Akio Toyoda, the automaker has put a bigger emphasis on developing models with decidedly sporting intentions. Gazoo Racing is Toyota’s factory-backed competition team. The only car with GR branding in the U.S. is the Supra, which boasts up updates for the 2021 model year. Find a Toyota 86 for sale