UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) today unveiled a number of models from the Japanese automaker’s Gazoo Racing (GR) performance brand, one of which is the GR86 sports car. Making its global debut in April 2021, the GR86 succeeds the original 86 and has a Subaru twin in second-generation BRZ form – the two companies have been working together for a long time.
Compared to the predecessor model with the FA20 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, the new GR86 has a higher boxer engine displacement of 2.4 liters. Equipped with Toyota’s D-4S direct and port fuel injection system, the FA24 is rated at 237 PS (234 horsepower) at 7,000 rpm and 250 Nm/min of torque at 3,700 rpm.
For context, the previous ’86 facelift model delivered up to 208 PS (205 hp) and 212 Nm of torque depending on the gearbox – the automatic remained at 200 PS (197 hp) and 205 Nm. At this point, GR86 customers can choose between a six-speed manual (226 km/h top speed, 6.3 seconds 0-100 km/h) or automatic (216 km/h top speed, 6.8 seconds century sprint), both With rear limited slip differential.
The GR86 boasts 50 percent more torsional stiffness than before thanks to a reinforced chassis mounting system, while its evolution from the original design results in a length of 4,265mm (+25mm), width of 1,775mm and height of 1,310mm ( -10 mm), while the wheelbase has increased by 5 mm to 2,575 mm.
What sets the Toyota sports car apart from its Subaru sibling is its front grille, which the automaker calls a functional “matrix grille.” This look features more expressive air intakes flanked by L-shaped surrounds for corner air ducts. The GR86 in Malaysia is available in four colors – Ignition Red, Crystal White Pearl, Crystal Black Silicon and Magnetic Gray Metallic.
Inside, the new dashboard features angular styling for a cleaner look, and the key item is an 8-inch touchscreen head unit that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There’s also a seven-inch digital instrument cluster that replaces the previous car’s analog gauge/multi-information display setup, and the driver can choose to enable track mode or disable any safety nets via a button on the center console.
As for the rest of the kit list, the GR86 comes standard with a leather and suede interior combination, two-zone climate control, vehicle telematics system (VTS) and an active safety package that includes pre-crash safety (autonomous emergency braking) only Available for automatic), lane departure alert, cruise control (passive for manual, adaptive for auto), and automatic high beams. There’s also rear collision warning and brakes and seven airbags.
On-the-road prices for the GR86 start at RM295,000 for the manual version without insurance, while the automatic version retails at a higher RM305,000. A five-year, 150,000km warranty is included with every purchase.
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