In conjunction with its international public appearance at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Toyota and PlayStation are making the latest Toyota GR86 available in the video game console via the Gran Turismo Sport game.
The new coupe sees no significant change in dimensions apart from length thanks to the new styling and design of the bumpers. The wheel size is now 18 inches but the tyres maintain the 215-section width all-round.
The ‘FA24’ 2.4-litre boxer engine continues to be a high-revving unit, with a maximum output of 235 hp at 7,000 rpm, while maximum torque of 250 Nm arrives at a much earlier 3,700 rpm. The redline of the boxer engine continues to be 7,400 rpm.
Toyota is quoting a time of 6.3 seconds for the new GR 86 with a six-speed manual gearbox to complete the century sprint. That is 1.1 seconds faster than its predecessor whilst hauling 30 kg more at a kerb weight of 1,270 kg. The six-speed automatic transmission is said to add 30 kg more, still a lightweight compared to many new models launched.
Apart from the larger engine, additional weight in the new Toyota GR86 has also been contributed by a stronger bodyshell, with torsional rigidity increased by almost 50% against the old coupe. The use of lightweight aluminium panels has been extended to the roof as well as front fenders, while the first generation GT86 only featured an aluminium bonnet.
Dynamically, the new Toyota GR86 should definitely stick to the tarmac a lot better thanks to the higher traction offered by the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer of the coupe, famously said the 2012 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ were shod with Michelin Primacy HP tyres from the range-topping Toyota Prius for an indescribable fun-to-drive sensation.
If you are a Subaru fan, the new BRZ which also shares development and production with the Toyota GR86, will only available in the Gran Turismo Sport game at a later date.
2021 Toyota GR86 Gran Turismo Sport
2021 Toyota GR86