Toyota in its home market has finally launched the all-new GR86 coupe with a simple two variant line-up and offered in both automatic and manual transmission.
Prices for the ZN8 Toyota GR86 manual transmission begins from JPY3.036 million (approx. RM111k) for the SZ and JPY3.349 million (approx. RM122.4k) for the more beautiful RZ variant that is used in catalogues and communication.
The six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel shift paddles and Sport drive mode meanwhile requires buyers to top-up an additional JPY163,000 and is available in both variants. The AT models also add Subaru’s Eyesight ADAS suite that includes Pre-crash braking, lane departure alert and adaptive cruise control.
Opting for the SZ variant and saving JPY313,000 sees the Toyota GR86 being equipped with smaller 17-inch wheels, non-adaptive headlamps, fabric sport seats together with an unwrapped meter hood, regular non-metallic foot pedals and door sill plates, pre-wired 6-speaker audio setup and reduced ambient lighting.
Standard features are high in both variants, inclusive of the limited-slip differential, full coloured 7-inch driver’s instrument cluster, GR start-stop button, Track drive mode, Active Sound Control (fake engine noise), dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, Bi-LED headlamps and LED tail lamps with signature lighting and sans factory-fitted infotainment system.
What about the other partner, Subaru? They also offer the same two-variant and two-transmission line-up, with the entry-level BRZ 2.4 R MT priced slightly higher at JPY3.08 million, but better-equipped BRZ 2.4 S MT is cheaper than the Toyota GR86 RZ at JPY3.267 million.
The prices of the new generation Toyota GR86 are higher than the outgoing model, which had its prices starting from JPY2.623 million for the facelifted 2017 Toyota 86 2.0 G MT. A Toyota GR86 RC 6MT variant continues to be offered for drivers who plan to compete in the GR86-BRZ Cup. This basic variant comes with 16-inch “steelies”, two speakers, and exhaust tips without decorative finishers.
Both the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ comes fitted with a new 2.4-litre boxer engine producing outputs of 235 hp at 7,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 3,700 rpm with spreads much better across the engine operating range. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h is completed in just 6.3 seconds.
The joint project is expected to only serve an average of just 1,200 enthusiasts a month, domestically, with Toyota taking 700 units of the production located in Subaru’s Gunma plant. It is however good to note that Toyota sees the interest of an additional 200 units per month compared to the older ZN6 86 model.
Thanks to the huge fan base and interest in the vehicles, both Toyota and Subaru will be having a mega gathering in November called ‘Fuji 86 Style with BRZ’ where visitors are encouraged to test drive and compare both products back-to-back to experience the differences.
Enthusiasts will however only get to drive their new cars from December, just in time for Christmas.
Toyota GR86 – Japan