First Drive Of 2022 Yoyota GR 86

This is a story that is staged throughout the industry: When a new generation of cars appeared, internal combustion engine performance cars were undergoing major overhauls rather than being completely redesigned. Nissan Z is taking this path, and there are rumors that the next generation of Ford Mustang will also face a similar fate. Even Cadillac's Blackwing variant is more like a hybrid version of its predecessors, rather than a brand new vehicle. So it is with the 2022 Toyota GR 86 (and its Subaru brother, BRZ, but this will have to wait a while).

Toyota's changes are reflected in the fact that it has won the "GR" title. This stands for Gazoo Racing, which started life as the Toyota skunkworks racing team. Although it is still the name of Toyota's current official factory racing event, shorthand is also used to denote models like the 86 and Supra, which are first for fun and secondly for transportation. So, it's not Corolla.

Toyota's marketing team has regarded this new name as a sign that the small coupe has "graduated" to Toyota's official performance department. This is not the craziest pitching we have ever seen, but considering that the model update in 2022 is fairly modest, this is not something we tend to swing.

The most notable upgrade of the 2022 GR 86 is its engine. Out: A 2.0-liter four-four-cylinder engine produces 205 horsepower and (seemingly) about 9 pound-feet of torque. In: A more refined 2.4-liter mill that can produce 228 horses with a peak of 184 pound-feet, which is 2,700 rpm faster than the old mill (if you must know, it is 156 pound-feet). Still there: six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, both of which have been adjusted to fit the new engine and improve the quality of life.

The 2022 model offers two decorations: Base and Premium. The former comes standard with 215/45R17 17-inch wheels and Michelin Primacy HP tires (yes, the original is the same as the infamous "Prius tires"), while Premium is equipped with 18-inch wheels-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in appropriate summer. Even though this viscous rubber is still very thin when leaving the factory, it is registered in 215/40R18.