Toyota teases U.S.-spec GR 86 ahead of its June 2 reveal

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

A new sports car will be revealed by Toyota on June 2.

Toyota has released a fresh teaser image for a new sports car it plans to unveil on June 2. The car is the 2022 Toyota GR 86, a sports coupe that had its global debut in April. The image features a red-bodied model with a sharp headlight, an image that looks pulled from other photos we’ve already seen of the GR 86.

Despite sharing the same platform and being designed as part of a joint effort between the two companies, the GR 86 and 2022 Subaru BRZ have been designed to appeal to different customers. For its part, Toyota says that the GR 86 is “specially designed for sports performance, and provides direct and satisfying driving performance of the highest order”. Not that the Subaru isn’t.

The two cars have almost the same dimensions as their predecessors and weight just 2,800 pounds. Its body features aluminum roof panels and fenders. The front seats and mufflers have be redesigned for weight loss. Body rigidity has increased in the new model, which aids in stability on the road, as does the car’s MacPherson suspension up front and double-wishbone rear suspension.

The front-engine, rear-wheel drive car shares an engine with the BRZ as well. The new 2.4-liter four-cylinder power plant is an upgrade from the 2.0-liter of old. The engine is capable of 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque (figures that mirror the Subaru). Its power cuts acceleration off the line to 60 mph down to 6.3 seconds from 7.4 seconds.

Buyers in Japan get their pick of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. On June 2 we’ll find out if U.S. buyers get the same options.

The interior of the BRZ and GR 86 are nearly identical. The biggest change is Toyota’s infotainment screen and a 7-inch TFT driver information screen that features a unique GR 86 opening sequence. Photos from the two companies show that Toyota offers orange or red carpeting in their car while Subaru sticks to black.

All GR 86 and BRZ cars come standard with Subar’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The system is a suite of safety features that includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and pre-collision braking and throttle management.

Stay tuned for more information when the car is revealed.

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota GR 86

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

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